Course Title: Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART5796C

Course Title: Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Coordinator: Clare Renner
Telephone: 9925 4047

Nominal Hours: 60

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

At RMIT, the unit Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse, is contextualised by your chosen writing courses. Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse, is delivered and assessed along with each of your Refine Writing and Editing specialisations                       

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to originate the concept for a piece of written or publishing work and to conduct critical discourse around that concept.  

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCOR04A Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse


1. Research concept ideas

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and source references which may inform concept development
1.2 Critically analyse sources and references in the context of current work
1.3 Collect, collate and analyse references to inform concept development


2. Generate concept

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop a range of different, innovative and creative approaches for the concept based on the nature of own artistic practice
2.2 Reflect on and integrate ideas generated from research
2.3 Consider possible constraints for the concept, based on nature and purpose of work
2.4 Continuously reflect on and appraise ideas for the concept
2.5 Synthesise and refine concept based on research, reflection and relevant constraints


3. Conduct critical discourse

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify relevant individuals to participate in critical discourse about work concepts
3.2 Identify potential ways in which discourse may be undertaken, and select the most appropriate
3.3 Provide key information on work concepts and concept development including influences, evaluation of options and problem-solving strategies
3.4 Use effective communication techniques to generate discussion, debate and critical analysis of the concept


4. Adjust and refine concept                             

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Undertake own analysis of concept and challenge ideas and approaches taken
4.2 Seek input and comments from others about the concept
4.3 Re-evaluate and refine options for the concept based on own analysis and critical discourse with others

Learning Outcomes

  On successful completion of this unit you will be able to originate  concepts for a range of written works and to conduct a critical discourse around these concepts.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you  learn through - 

In-class activities:
• classroom-based lectures
• class exercises
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• class readings
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities:
• independent writing and reading
• online and other research
• independent study and project work

Teaching Schedule

Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse is delivered and assessed within each of your Refine Writing and Editing  specialisations. For example, you develop the skills for originating a concept for a desk-top publishing project, an article for a newspaper, a novel, an editing project etc.  You also learn to engage in critical discussion of your own and other people’s concepts with an aim to further developing those concepts.

See your  Refine Writing and Editing specialisation course outlines for the teaching schedule.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this unit.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

All resources are supplied by the teacher for this unit. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes the completion of a written exercise and demonstration of competency through your chosen writing specialisations.

Assessment Tasks

Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse is assessed through a preliminary exercise specific to this competency. This exercise will be e-mailed to you by the unit coordinator on February 27 with directions on how to submit the assessment. The assessment is due by April 12.
Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse is also assessed within each of your Refine Writing and Editing  specialisations, by your writing teachers . Successful completion of the assessment will demonstrate competency in originating and discussing concepts for a range of writing and editing projects  See Refine Writing and Editing course guides for assessment details.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete all assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

This unit will be assessed as:
C Competent
NYC Not yet competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

You will receive spoken and/or written feedback by teacher on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information on late submissions and plagiarism

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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