Course Title: Investigate Australian art and culture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HUSO5209

Course Title: Investigate Australian art and culture

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 /

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane Saunders 94.3.16

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 melanie

Karen Gao 94.3.16

Tim Morris 94.3.16

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


Course Description

This module aims to familiarise learners who are speakers of languages other than English with aspects of Australian Art and Culture from both the past and present and the language required to describe aspects of Australian Art and Culture.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21473 Investigate Australian art and culture


1 Examine the features of the visual arts in Australia

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select one of the visual arts
1.2 Outline the historical background of the art
1.3 Identify the key figures associated with the visual art
1.4 Describe the features of one artist’s work in a spoken presentation


2 Investigate concepts of Australian identity and culture

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify key elements of Australian Englishes
2.2 Describe Australian cultural icons
2.3 Describe key elements of Australian entertainment and leisure


3 Investigate a local example of Australian art or culture

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select and describe the significance of an example of Australian art
3.2 Describe the key characteristics of the example
3.3 Identify main ideas, some details and opinions in relation to the example
3.4 Take notes of your reasons for selection and your opinion of the example


4 Describe the features of an Australian film

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify the title, creators and key participants
4.2 State the historical setting and location of the film
4.3 List the key events, significant issues or themes
4.4 Apply a range of strategies to critically analyse the film
4.5 Outline your response to one Australian film in a spoken presentation

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:


the Performance Criteria for each Element

  • 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
  • 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 (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 amd it will involve the following:

  • Describe the features of one of the visual arts in Australia
  • Investigate concepts of Australian identity and culture
  • Investigate a local example of Australian art or culture
  • Describe the features of an Australian film

You will:

  • listen to videos and audio tapes as well as films
  • take part in conversations
  • listen to talks and lectures 
  • visit places of interest and listen to guides
  • take part in Australian cinema studies

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

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 extended personal and imaginative texts

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles.
You will:

  • do a research project
  • write film reviews
  • take notes from a range of complex texts
  • develop a writing folio which includes extended written 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: 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

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

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. . The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course

Teaching Schedule
Cert IV in EAL Access              

 VU21473 Investigate Australian art and culture

Week 1


 Week 2

Australian Song ’Melting’ -  Paul Kelly
Note taking strategies - Learning Lab
Note taking with Music Therapy AV text ABC 7:30pm report

Week 3

Australian Slang
Vocabulary review
Skim and Scan reading ’Aussie Rules’
’Origins of Football" AV text note-taking and discussion

Week 4

Note taking skills using the Cornell Method
Investigating Australian art & culture: theme of identity
The Age ’Apology but not before time’
‘Stolen Generations’ BTN audio visual from Youtube.

Week 5

Labour Day History article - locate errors grammatical activity
Radio National Hindsight ’Rise and fall of the 8 hour day: part one 888 Listening and tutorial discussion

Week 6

Australian Slang
Australian Story - Aussie Helpers AV text Listening and Comprehension and tutorial discussion 

Week 7

Assessment Task 6: Film Project ’Lucky Miles’
Group Meeting and planning of Film Study Guide

Week 8

Assessment Task 6: Film Project ’Lucky Miles’
Australian Film Study Guide

Week 9

Australian Film Analysis and Discussion

Week 10

Mid-Semester Interviews

Week 11

Sidney Myer AV text Listening and Notetaking
Summary Writing

Week 12

Australian Visual Art Lecture and note taking
Visual Art Research Report Assessment Task
Set up task with instructions
Choose groups
Model reports with template

Week 13

Visual Art Research Report Assessment Task
Online Research
Brainstorm Topics
Joseph Brown AV text for listening, notetaking and summary writing

Week 14

Assessment task 12 Demonstrate critical understanding of an extended oral presentation on Australian Art: Sculpture
Visual Art Research Report Assessment Task research and Write introductions
Online Reserach and Summary Writing with Harvard Referencing

Week 15

Visual Art Research Report Assessment Task and write Discussion and Findings

Week 16

Assessment task 13 Research Report Week 16

Week 17

Assessment task 14 Oral presentation Week 17

Week 18

Student/ Teacher Feedback

**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

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


Other Resources

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:

  • watching and analysing a range of Australian films
  • investigating the visual arts in Australia
  • investigating aspects of Australian culture through reading and note taking from a range of written and audio visual texts
  • verbal questioning to establish understanding of specific content &/or to confirm linguistic, socio-lingustic & cultural knowledge


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

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:

Assessment task 3 Film Review Week 5

This task involves writing a review on an Australian film

Assessment task 6 Film Project Week 8

This project focuses on developing skills while studying an Australian feature film. Students will need the following skills to be able to complete this project:

  • Note taking
  • Giving oral presentations
  • Group work & discussion skills

Assessment task 12 Demonstrate critical understanding of an extended oral presentation Week 14

This task involves students listening and taking notes from lecture by an Australian artist, then writing a summary on the lecture. This Assessment is part of the Elective Australian Art and Culture and is tied into the Research Project which investigates one of the visual arts in Australia

Assessment task 13 Research Report Week 16

This task takes place over several weeks and involves research into  Australian Visual Art. 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.

Assessment task 14 Oral presentation Week 17

This task utilises the research from the report and involves planning and presenting a formal group oral presentation using PowerPoint of 15-20 minutes. The task also provides opportunities for peer assessment and self evaluation.

 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.

Application for Extension

 How to apply

If you are seeking an extension of seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) you must apply at least one working day before the assessment deadline.

  •  Complete an Application for extension of time for submission of assessable work form (PDF 41kb 2p) and lodge it with the school that offers the course.
  •  Lodgement arrangements can vary according to individual school procedures. It is your responsibility to check whether the form should be lodged with the EAL Co-ordinator Monday-Thursday office hours.
  •  Except in exceptional circumstances the application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official 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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