Course Title: Read and write complex texts for research purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: LANG5801

Course Title: Read and write complex texts for research purposes

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4344 - Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:baia.tsakouridou@rmit.edu.au, bloss.robertson@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli 94.3.16 email: angela.borrelli@rmit.edu.au

Karen Gao 94.3.16 email: karen.gao@rmit.edu.au

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

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 email: melanie.reynolds@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 80

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 unit of competency describes reading and writing performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English for further study purposes. In this unit you will focus on reading, notetaking and research writing skills in English and producing a wide range of complex research based texts relevant to study needs and the field of study. This unit is delivered as part of an integrated academic preparation program.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21511 Read and write complex texts for research purposes

Element:

1 Analyse a range of complex texts for research purposes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access a range of complex texts relevant to research purposes
1.2 Use a variety of reading strategies to analyse the texts
1.3 Identify main contentions or positions in texts
1.4 Outline evidence provided to support position
1.5 Identify language and other devices used to convey writer’s stance
1.6 Evaluate complex texts in relation to research purpose and express an opinion on the usefulness of the research

Element:

2 Read and take notes from a range of complex written texts for research purposes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm purpose of note-taking
2.2 Use text layout to locate relevant information in complex texts.
2.3 Identify discourse markers, structures and expressions used in text organisation.
2.4 Use a range of reading strategies to interpret text
2.5 Outline main ideas and supporting details and evaluate points of view presented
2.6 Use a range of strategies to record and synthesise information suited to purpose
 

Element:

3 Produce an extended written text based on research

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Confirm requirements and purpose of an extended written text
3.2 Locate and synthesise complex information and ideas from a range of sources
3.3 Design an outline plan for the text using researched material
3.4 Support point of view with subsidiary points, reasons and relevant examples
3.5 Develop cohesive text according to plan using coherently linked paragraphs with language appropriate to register

Element:

4 Reference resources used in research based text according to specified referencing conventions

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify the purposes and conventions of referencing in formal study contexts and in own specific study field
4.2 Locate and record references used
4.3 Organise and insert references according to specified referencing conventions for the specific field of study
4.4 Word process reference list using appropriate formatting

Element:

5 Undertake a review of written texts

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use proofreading and editing processes to review text
5.2 Review text for clarity of content, expression, structure and sequence of ideas
5.3 Check the text meets the requirements of the task
5.4 Seek feedback on the text from a support person
5.5 Review feedback and edit text accordingly
5.6 Submit final draft as required


Learning Outcomes


The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+
 

and

the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 4 
 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) 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 in part covers the reading & writing macro skills addressed in the certificate.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:

LISTENING
You will:

  • listen to a range of audio and film and documentary texts
  • take part in conversations
  • listen and take notes from guest speaker presentations

SPEAKING
You will:

  • work in pairs and in small groups
  • give a formal oral presentation
  • take part in formal and informal discussions

This unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.


READING
You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context. You will:

  • read opinion texts & extended academic texts
  • study issues in the news

WRITING
In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include course applications & essays. You will:
 

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

The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.


Teaching Schedule

Program dates

14th July - 18th July, 2014 Induction Week

14th July - 14th November, 2014
Public Holiday
Melbourne Cup Day 4th November, 2014

Mid Semester break
29th September - 3rd October, 2014

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU21511 Read and write complex texts for research purposes and VPAU20746 Apply essential further study skills.

 

WeekVPAU21511 Read and write complex texts for further study VU21512VU21511VU20746
1

Orientation/Administration: Skills Survey, my RMIT, Blackboard
Learning lab - study skills/note taking/abbreviations

Diagnostic Tasks
 

 E1

E2

E2

 E1

E

2

Library Orientation Session

Preparation for  essay: read & take notes from a range of texts

Writing Focus: Topic Sentencesand structure

Learning Strategies and Contexts

Grammar Focus: Punctuation

 E1

E2

E1

E2

E3

E1

E2

E5

3

Learning Strategies and Contexts

Writing Focus: Paragraphs

Grammar Focus: Collocations

 

 E1

E2

E3
 

E1

E2

E3
 

E1

E5

4

Writing Focus: Summarising and Unity and Coherence

Grammar Focus: Discourse Markers

Harvard Referencing

Tutorial: Compulsory voting

  E1


 E2

E3

 

E1
 

E2

E3

E4

E3

E4

E5

5

Reading and Writing focus:Paraphrasing

Model Essay Plan and Strucutre

Grammar Focus: Complex Sentences

Tutorial: Obesity

 E1

E2

E1

E2

E3

E4

E3

E4

E5
 

6

Reading and Writing Focus: Direct Quotes and In-text referencing

Assessment Task preparation: Essay Plan

Tutorial: Homelessness

 E1

E2

E3
 

E1

E2

E3

E4
 

E3
E4

E5

 

7

Assessment Task Draft: Argumentative Essay

Drafting and Proofreading Skills

 Tutorial: Binge Drinking

 E3

E4

E1
E2

E3

E4
 

E5

E3


E4
 

E5
 

8

Reading and Writing Focus: Reflective Writing Skills DIEP model

Assessment Task: Essay due to be written in class

 E1

E2

E3

E4

E1
E2
E3

E4


E5
 

E3


E4


E5

 

9

Reading and Writing Focus: Reflective Writing Skills DIEP draft

Tutorial: Gambling

 

 E1

E2

E3

E4
 

E1E1
10

Tutorial: Urban Growth

Assessment Task Research Report introduce

Assessement Task: Reflective Writing Draft

 E1
E2

E3

E4
 

E5E5
11

Mid semester progress interviews

Assessment Task: Reflective writing due

 E1

E3

E5E5
12

Library Database Sessions

Reading and Writing Focus:Paraphrasing

Research Skills

Tutorial:Issue 6

 E1

E2

E3

 

E1

E2

E2

E5

13Do research for report assessment task:
  • Find relevant journal & newspaper articles using databases
  • Find books or ebooks using the RMIT Library catalogue
  • Record reference details
  • Record information on summaries sheets

Reading and Writing Focus: Model Report Structure

Synthesis

Tutorial: Issue 7

 E1

E2

E1

E2

 

E2

E5

14

Reading and Writing Focus:

In-text references and Direct Quotes

 

Tutorial: Issue 8

 E3

E4

E1
E2
E3
E4


E5

 

E2

E5

15Assessment Task: Research Report draft due E3

E4
 

E3
E4

E5
 

E2

E5

16

Assessment Task Reserach Report due: edit and proofread report

  E3
E4

 

E3
E4
E5

 

E5
17PowerPoint Oral presentations   E5

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

Your program is made up of:

  • Orientation
  • Learning activities
  • Mid semester review
  • Guest speakers
  • Excursions
  • 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


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

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by notetaking, summaries,essays and research reports.

Feedback:

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester, in both oral and written form, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures.


Assessment Tasks

Summative assessments:

Assessment task 3: Argumententive Essay Week 8

You will research, plan, draft an argumentative essay. The final draft will be done in class and submitted

Draft Week 7
Final draft Week 8
Assessment task : Reflective journal

You will write a reflective on your learning plan using the DIEP (Describe, Interpret, Evaluate and Plan) Model

Draft Week 10
Final draft Week 11
Assessment task 9: Research Report

This task takes place over several weeks and involves research a cureent issue. It involves group research using academic texts and writing an individual report identifying the genre, the key facts and discussing the research. The group research involves group meetings and minute taking and academic research using a variety of text types and summarising.

Draft Week 15
Final draft Week 16
Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to the required skills and knowledge. 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. To sucessfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.
 

Other Information

Attendance
Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academicprogress
 

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress
 

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
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. Extension www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy
www.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity
 

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