Course Title: Australian Environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HUSO5154

Course Title: Australian Environment

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4243 - Certificate IV in ESL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou & Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact Email:prepare@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Lucy Annetta 94.3.16 email: lucy.annetta@rmit.edu.au

Melanie Kyle 94.3.16 email: melanie.kyle@rmit.edu.au

Caroline McEnroe 94.3.22 email: caroline.mcenroe@rmit.edu.au

Betty Koklanis 94.3.16 email: betty.koklanis@rmit.edu.au

Jane Collins 94.3.16 email: jane.collins@rmit.edu.au

Marcelle Damicoucas 94.3.16 email:marcelle.damicoucas@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

This module must be co-delivered and assessed with at least one of the language (Listening and Speaking or Reading and Writing) units from the Certificates in ESL.

Course Description

This module aims to  familiarise learners with the Australian Environment and language required to describe a range of environmental features.

The module is included as an elective for use at different levels of the Certificates in ESL Framework. It may be contextualised to suit the needs and skills of learners. 
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAM543 Australian Environment

Element:

1 Describe Australia's physical features and climate.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Locate key physical features of Australia on a map.
1.2 Outline different climate zones and their special features.
1.3 Use language of direction, size, shape and comparison.

Element:

2 Compare Australia’s physical features and climate with those of another country.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Describe physical features and climate of another country.
2.2 Identify similarities and differences between Australia and another country.
2.3 Use language of comparison and contrast.

Element:

3 Describe an environmental issue of significance in Australia.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Describe the main aspects of the environmental issue.
3.2 Identify the impact of the issue on Australia.
3.3 Identify some possible strategies to deal with the issue.

Element:

4 Investigate an environmental issue of local importance.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Describe the main aspects of the local environmental issue.
4.2 Identify the impact of the issue on the local community.
4.3 Identify some possible strategies to deal with the issue.


Learning Outcomes


Students will be able to:

  • describe Australia’s physical features and climate
  • compare Australia’s physical features and climate with those of another country
     
  • describe an environmental issue of significance in Australia
  • investigate an environmental issue of local importance


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Access) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

This unit is co-delivered with the macro skills Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and it will involve the following:

LISTENING
You will:
• listen to a range of audio visual texts

• take part in conversations
• listen to talks and lectures
• visit places of interest and listen to guides
SPEAKING
You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups
• give complex reports on researched topic
• make up role plays to practice conversation appropriate to further study context
• give a formal oral presentation
• take part in formal and informal discussions
• evaluate your own work

READING
You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context.
You will:
• read , analyse and review complex texts for research purposes
 

WRITING
In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles.
You will:
• take notes from a range of complex texts 

• learn to locate and record references used
• reflect on issues and your own learning
• learn to plan, draft and proofread your work
• construct formatted texts for study purposes
• become familiar with academic discourse
 


Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 11 February – Fri 21 June 2013

Term Break: Fri 29 March – Fri 5 April 2013

Public holidays: Mon 11 March (Labour Day), Fri 29 March (Good Friday),Thur 25 April (ANZAC Day), Mon 10 June 2013 (Queen’s Birthday)

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. The assessment tasks have been put in bold to match the unit of competency. The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course

Teaching Schedule
Cert IV in ESL Access
 

 WEEKUnit of competency
GEDU5517
VBQU142 Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio 
 
 Unit of competency

LANG5599
VPAU506 Analyse and participate in complex conversations
 

 Unit of competency

LANG5601
VPAU507 Give and respond to a wide range of oral presentations and instructions
 

 Unit of competency

LANG5600
VPAU508
Read and write a range of complex or extended texts
 

 Unit of competency

LANG5602
VPAU510 read and write extended creative texts
 

 Unit of competency

COSC5972
BSBCMN213A: Produce simple word processed documents
 

Unit of competency

HUSO5154
VPAM543
Australian environment
 

Unit of competency

HUSO5158
VPAM547
Australian art and culture
 

  ASSESSMENT ASSESSMENT ASSESSMENT ASSESSMENT ASSESSMENT ASSESSMENT ASSESSMENTASSESSMENT
 1 Parts 1& 2
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
     Parts 1& 2
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  
 2 Part 3
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
     Part 3
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  
 3 Part 4
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  Give and respond to instructions relating to the navigation of a website assessment   Part 4
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  
 4  Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment

Film review
 

 Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment

Give and respond to instructions relating to the navigation of a website assessment

Film review
 

  Critically read creative texts
Task 1
 
  Film review
 5   Give and respond to instructions relating to the navigation of a website assessment Critically read formal letters for a range of purposes  Describe and compare Australia’s physical features & climate with another country Describe and compare Australia’s physical features & climate with another country 
 6 Part 5
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
 Analyse & participate in complex conversations Task 1    Part 5
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  
 7  Film Project Film Project Film Project Write imaginative/reflective texts Task 1 Film Project Film Project
 8  Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment
 
 Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment
 
     
 9        
 10    Academic essay   Academic essay 
 11  Analyse & participate in casual conversations for a purpose (charity afternoon tea   Critically read creative texts
Task 2
 
   
 12  Analyse & participate in casual conversations for a purpose (charity afternoon tea      
 13  Analyse & participate in casual conversations for a purpose (charity afternoon tea  Demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentation    Demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentation
 14        
 15  Analyse & participate in complex conversations
Task 2
 
   Write imaginative or reflective texts
Task 2
 
   
 16    Research report: Australian visual art  Research report: Australian visual art Research report: Australian visual art
 17   Group oral presentation Australian visual art    Group oral presentation Australian visual art
 18        

**The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.

Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.

Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Guest speakers
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
• RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts but it is recommended that students avail themselves of the many ESL resources available in the RMIT Library.


References


Other Resources

TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT
There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring

· English-English dictionary (We ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)

· Thesaurus

· Display folder with plastic sleeves

· Highlighter pens

· Notebook or loose leaf paper

· Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)

· USB (Memory stick)
 


Overview of Assessment

To be assessed as competent the learner needs to demonstrate:

 

  • evidence of the ability to identify information on the Australian Environment
  • evidence of the ability to make comparisons with environmental aspects of another country
  • evidence of the ability to identify the impact of environmental problems

You may be assessed by:

 

  • creating formatted texts
  • academic essay


Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessments:
• Academic Essay
• Construct a formatted text to describe and compare Australia’s physical features with another country

Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.
All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.


Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.
 

Course Overview: Access Course Overview