Course Title: Research current issues

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HUSO5208

Course Title: Research current issues

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4345 - Certificate IV in EAL (Employment / Professional)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:baia.tsakouridou@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

Nominal Hours: 55

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 develops skills of learners to investigate current issues. The unit also provides the learner with the skills and knowledge necessary to access and use computers for language learning.

This unit is part of a full time integrated academic preparation program. It aims to provide you with the cultural understanding, advanced English language and study skills to participate in further study contexts.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21482 Research current issues

Element:

1 Select a current issue of significance in Australia

 

 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Scan informational texts and identify current issues of interest
1.2 Identify a current issue for further research
1.3 Note terminology and language used when the issue is discussed
1.4 Identify conventions of informational texts
 

Element:

2 Research a current issue of significance in Australia

 

 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Source appropriate texts
2.2 Use reading strategies to identify main facts, some details and opinions related to the issue
2.3 Locate supporting information or examples
2.4 Analyse and evaluate different viewpoints and relevant evidence
2.5 Take notes of your opinion and reasons

Element:

3 Discuss the current issue

 

 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Participate in a discussion using terminology appropriate to the current issue being discussed
3.2 Use a range of conversational strategies
3.3 Contribute your opinion, reasons or information
3.4 Clarify misunderstandings and ambiguous points where necessary.
 

Element:

4 Write an informational text

 

 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Plan to write an opinion piece comprising several cohesively linked paragraphs on a current issue
4.2 Gather facts, opinions and evidence
4.3 Select and order information, using appropriate layout
4.4 Use appropriate terminology and language
4.5 Proofread and correct final draft, with guidance
 


Learning Outcomes


The outcomes described in this unit relate to:
 

the Performance Criteria from the four Elements
the ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Listening 3/3+ and Speaking 3/3+
the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) http://www.deewr.gov.au/SKILLS/PROGRAMS/LITANDNUM/ACSF/Pages/default.aspx

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Listening and Speaking competence at Level 4
 


Details of Learning Activities

 

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (Employment/Professional) 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 all of the macro skills addressed in the certificate.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:

SPEAKING
You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups
• take part in formal and informal discussions to discuss the current issues of your interest

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
• read current issues texts
• study items in the news every week

WRITING
In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include formal letters and short reports and/or articles. You will:
• do a research project
• reflect on issues 
• learn to plan, draft and proofread your work.
• construct formatted texts for study and/or professional purposes
• become familiar with academic discourse
The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.


Teaching Schedule

 

 Program Dates: 11 - 14 February Induction Week
11 February - 30 May, 2014
Public Holiday
Good Friday 18 April, 2014
ANZAC Day 25 April, 2014


Mid Semester Break
18 April - 25 April, 2014
 

Teaching Schedule: This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is taught with  VU21495 Critically read and write formal letters and complex prose texts for professional purposes . 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..

Week               VU21482  Research current issues
1

Induction week.

Carlton Library Tour  & RMIT Online Systems Information Session

2

Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically

Group reading and analysis and group writing.

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

3 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Group reading and analysis and group writing. 

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

4 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 
 Group reading and analysis and group writing. 

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes 

5

 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

 Group reading and analysis and group writing. 

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

6 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Group reading and analysis and individual writing. 

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes
Assessment task No. 6: Critically read complex texts for professional purposes

7 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Group reading and analysis and individual writing.

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes 

8

 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Group reading and analysis and individual writing.

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

9 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Group reading and analysis and individual writing.

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

10 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Group reading and analysis and individual writing.

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

11 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Individual reading and analysis and individual writing

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

12 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Individual reading and analysis and individual writing

In-class reading and writing within stringent time framework

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

13 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Individual reading and analysis and individual writing

In-class reading and writing within stringent time framework

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes
Assessment task No. 7: Critically write complex prose texts for professional purposes

14

 Select, research and discuss currrent issues.

Write prose texts for professional purposes

review and revise vocabulary and grammar critically 

Individual reading and analysis and individual writing

In-class reading and writing within stringent time framework

Assessment task No. 6: Analysing and writing referral letters

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

15

 Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes
Feedback workshop. Group review on writing with teacher’s support.



**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

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:

participation in group discussion related to current issues,

selection and research on current issues,

writing informational text,

verbal questioning to confirm linguistic, sociolinguistic and cultural knowledge,

and

a portfolio of evidence.


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://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc


Assessment Tasks

Summative assessments:

Assessment task No. 6: Analysing and writing referral letters: Due week 14

 You will be asked to critically read and analyse a complex cureent issues text for professional purposes by demonstrating your competencies in identifying distinguish linguistic structures and features, scanning for main ideas or conventions, identifying key information and supporting details as well as vocabolary items and their meanings.

Assessment task No. 7: Critically write complex prose texts for professional purposes: Due week 13

 You will be asked to research a current health related topic that you personally are interested in and write a 500 word article or report for your teacher on this topic. You are expected to demonstrate appropriate use of linguistic features such as conjunctions, appropriate use of conventions of formatted texts such as paragraphing and layout and your awareness of audience.

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

Assessment task No. 8 (Formative): Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes (Ongoing assessment) Week 2-15

You will be continuously observed and assessed on your competencies demonstrated in identifying/distinguish linguistic structures and features, scanning for main ideas or conventions, identifying key information and supporting details as well as vocabolary items and their meanings through critically reading and analysing a complex current issues text for professional purposes

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

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