Course Title: Write complex documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COMM5432C

Course Title: Write complex documents

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4197 - Certificate IV in Creative Industries

Course Contact : Viv Weir

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-8012

Course Contact Email:viv.weir@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Viv Weir
Phone: 9925-8012
Email: viv.weir@rmit.edu.au


Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This course covers the outcomes required to plan documents, draft text, prepare final text and produce workplace documents of some complexity.  This course is co-delivered with CUSRAD01A


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCMN420A Write complex documents

Element:

1. Plan documents

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The purposes of documents are determined
1.2 Appropriate formats for documents are chosen
1.3 Means of communication is established
1.4 Requirements of documents are determined
1.5 Categories and logical sequences of data, information and knowledge to achieve document objectives are determined
1.6 Develop overview of structure and content of documents

Element:

2.  Draft text

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Available data, information and knowledge are reviewed and organised according to proposed structure and content
2.2 Date, information and knowledge is aggregated, interpreted and summarised to prepare text that satisfies document purposes and objectives
2.3 Graphics are included as appropriate
2.4 Gaps in required data and information are identified and additional material collected from relevant enterprise personnel
2.5 Text is drafted according to document requirements and genre
2.6 Language is appropriate to the audience

Element:

3. Prepare final text

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Draft texts are reviewed to ensure document objectives are achieved and requirements are met
3.2 Grammar, spelling and style are checked for accuracy and punctuation
3.3 Draft texts are approved by relevant enterprise personnel
3.4 Text amendments are processed as required

Element:

4. Produce documents

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Basic design elements are chosen for documents appropriate to audience and purpose
4.2 Word processing software is used to apply basic design elements to texts
4.3 Documents are checked to ensure all requirements are met


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to
focuses on the skills required to identify, collect, organise and provide information to be evaluated for a range of purposes. This information will be used to plan documents, draft text, prepare final text and produce documents within the workplace. These documents may express complex ideas and require varying formats.





Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:-

In-class activities -
• practical exercises
• workshopping
• group discussions
• class presentations
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities

Out-of-class activities will include –
• independent reading
• interviews
• research


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentOtherElements
1Introduction – the communication process
General writing skills
Planning and structuring business documents
 BSBCMN420A
1.1
CUSRAD01A
1.1
2Business documents – satisfying formats  BSBCMN420A
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
CUSRAD01A
1.2, 1.3
3Business documents – dissatisfying formats  BSBCMN420A
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
CUSRAD01A
1.2, 1.3
4Business documents - persuasive format (AIDA format)  BSBCMN420A
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
CUSRAD01A
1.2, 1.3
5Work on letter assessment in classLetter StylesBSBCMN420A
CUSRAD01A
2.1, 2.2,2.3
6Proposals
- purpose
- structure
- language style
 BSBCMN420A
CUSRAD01A
7Short (memo/letter) reports
- purpose
- structure
- language style
 BSBCMN420A
2.1,2.6
CUSRAD01A
3.1
8 Technical writing
- audience analysis
- logical structure
- use of technical terms
- glossary

Short Report
 BSBCMN420A
2.3, 2.6
CUSRAD01A
4.1
9 Writing procedures
- purpose
- structure
- language style
  BSBCMN420A
2.1, 2.3
CUSRAD01A
4.2, 4.3, 4.4
10 Press/news release
- purpose
- structure
- language style
 Writing Instructions/Procedures  BSBCMN420A
1.4, 2.5
CUSRAD01A
3.1, 3.2, 3.3
11 Logical thinking – inductive, deductive, lateral thinking  Press Release  
12 Analysing the argument
Effectiveness of reports
  BSBCMN420A
CUSRAD01A
13 Management reports
– planning and structure
- research
  BSBCMN420A
CUSRAD01A
3.1, 3.2, 3.3
14 Reports
– major parts
- referencing
  BSBCMN420A
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
CUSRAD01A
3.1, 3.2, 3.3
15 Using graphics/tables/organisational charts  Draft of report due BSBCMN420A
3.2, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
16 Report writing
Course review
 Major Report 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dwyer, Judith “The Business Communication Handbook” Pearson Education Australia, 2009
Class handouts.


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

None


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will involves practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical individual and group projects.


Assessment Tasks

Letter styles 20%
Short report 15%
Writing instructions 15%
Press release 10%
Major report 30%
In- class exercises 10%

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration



Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;



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