Course Title: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: GEDU6041

Course Title: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4346 - Certificate IV in EAL (Access)

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

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

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

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

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



 
 

Nominal Hours: 20

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 research, planning and producing a learning plan and the skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language backgrounds other than English.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21353 Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

Element:

1 Identify potential pathways

 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss a range of options with an appropriate adviser
1.2 Access and note information about possible options

Element:

2 Clarify learning goals

 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify learning goals in relation to identified options
2.2 Explore any additional skills requirements
2.3 Identify any gaps in current skills and knowledge
2.4 Discuss preferred learning styles
2.5 Discuss previous experiences in relation to achieving identified goals

Element:

3 Design and implement an individual learning plan

 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Discuss the purposes of an individual learning plan
3.2 Clarify the features and components of an individual learning plan
3.3 Determine the processes for developing an individual learning plan
3.4 Document the individual learning plan and seek approval from relevant parties

Element:

4 Prepare portfolio of completed work samples

 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify possible audiences and uses for the portfolio are identified
4.2 Identify requirements of the portfolio
4.3 Discuss types of evidence selected
4.4 Assemble examples of evidence for portfolio

Element:

5 Monitor and update the individual learning plan

 

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Regularly review progress towards end-of-course goals and objectives
5.2 Determine factors which contributed to success in meeting goals
5.3 Identify barriers to success and propose potential solutions
5.4 Identify learning strategies which can be applied to other contexts
5.5 Evaluate individual learning plan and revise as necessary


Learning Outcomes



The outcomes described in this unit relates to:


The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 3+ and Writing 3+
and
the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). http://www.acer.edu.au/cspa/australian-core-skills-framework

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence in Reading and Writing at Level 4.


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (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.

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

You will:
• read, analyse and review tertiary education websites and brochures
• identify potential pathways

WRITING

You will:
• design and implement an individual learning plan
• prepare a portfolio of completed work samples


Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: 10 - 14 February: Induction Week
17 February - 20 June, 2014
Public Holiday
Labour Day 10 March,2014
Good Friday 18 April, 2014
ANZAC Day 25 April, 2014


Mid Semester Break
18 April - 25 April, 2014
This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. The assessment tasks have been put in bold to match the unit of competency.

Teaching Schedule
Cert IV in EAL Access 

 Week

 VU21353 Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

 2

 

 Pathways Presentation
 
 3

Begin Assessment Task: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio:
Identify potential pathways & clarify learning goals
 

 4Pathways: study/career advice, further study research
 5Pathways: study/career advice, further study research, preparing midyear applications & writing Personal Statements
 6Pathways: study/career advice, further study research, preparing midyear applications & writing Personal Statements
 7Pathways: study/career advice, further study research, preparing midyear applications & writing Personal Statements
 8Pathways: study/career advice, further study research, preparing midyear applications & writing Personal Statements
 9 
 10

Mid semester progress interviews

Bring interview questionnaire
 

Final draft Personal Statement

 11

Submit assessment task for Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio:
Identify potential pathways & clarify learning goals
Monitor and update the individual learning plan
Present portfolio of completed work samples

 12Direct applications, pathways guidance & further study research
 13Direct applications, pathways guidance & further study research
 
 14Direct applications, pathways guidance & further study research
 15Direct applications, pathways guidance & further study research
 16Direct applications, pathways guidance & further study research
 17Direct applications, pathways guidance & further study research
 18 Results released


 

**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 interview

• Guest speakers
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes
• Program Overview & 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

Library Orientation 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 will be assessed by notetaking, summaries,essays, letters and research reports.

Feedback:

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class both oral and written, 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 policy 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 see http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment
 


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 assessment: Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio

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