Course Title: Apply Oral and Written Communication Skills in a Justice Environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: EMPL5505

Course Title: Apply Oral and Written Communication Skills in a Justice Environment

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Irene Pagliarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254581

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Karen Linstrom

Melissa Brown

Location: Building 51 level two, room two

Telehone contactact  9925-4597



email: melissa.brown@


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

There are no pre-requisites for this course

Course Description

This course covers the development and application of oral and written communication skills required in the Justice environment

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU372 Apply Oral and Written Communication Skills in a Justice Environment


1. Idenitfy research requirements for a range of report writing related to the Justice environment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Specific requirements for Report writing are identified.
1.2 Relevant legislation, literature and journals to support the basis of the report are identified.
1.3 Research formats required to write investigative reports and briefing papers are identified.
1.4 the difference between descriptive, analytical, evaluative and interpretative reports is examined.
1.5 Appropriate grammar and syntax applicable to a range of written materials are identified.


2. Research and review relevant literature for a relevant report

Performance Criteria:

2.1  The topic or question or subject to be researched is clarified.
2.2 Resources to be used are established.
2.3 A Bibliography of texts, articles, discipline-based journals, legislation and vetted electronic sources if information are identified.
2.4 The difference between a primary, secondary and tertiary sources of evidence is identified.


3. Interpret researched information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Findings of research are interpreted.
3.2 Conclusions are drawn based on the findings.
3.3 Recommendations are proposed as a result of the findings.


4. Develop report writing skills

Performance Criteria:

4.1 A Descriptive report format is developed to discipline standards.
4.2 An analytical report is developed to discipline standards.


5. Develop writing skills for specific needs

Performance Criteria:

5.1  The material required is determined.
5.2 The stakeholders are identified.
5.3 Materials are developed to discipline standards.
5.4 In-text citation of sources and Reference Page are listed in the required format to discipline standard.


6. Develop presentation skills

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Audience needs and requirements are identified.
6.2 Complex ideas  to be presented in an accurate and engaging manner are identified.
6.3 Use of technology or  visual aids is applied to facilitate presentation.

Learning Outcomes

See Elements

Details of Learning Activities

This module will be conducted as a one week intensive on the first week of classes.  Students are advised that attendance for all sessions is required to meet assessment standards.
 Each day will be devoted to a specific element of competency. Students will be involved in a mixgture of lectures, class room activities, library research sessions and small excursions in the Central Business District to apply what they have learned int he class room setting.

Teaching Schedule

Day One:  Students will be immersed into the process of critical thinking and academic writing. the entire day will be devoted to the process of critical thinking and academic writing for Justice reports, precis, research submissions and essays.  Students will also be introduced to the APA style of referencing sources in text, which is the standard for the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning.   (Elements 1, 2 and 4)

Day Two: Students will be introduced to reseach skills, lecture and reseach note taking and writing exercises. (Elements 3, 4 & 5)

Day three: Students will have library computer lab sessions on how to research and access information as well as developing skill for effective oral presentations (Elements 3 and 6)

Day four: Students will undertake a training gap analysis in parts of speech, homophones and other common grammatical errors to assess individual skill levels and developmental needs.  Students may find themselves doing impromtu oral talks to gauge comfort in oral presetnation.  In addition students will engage in activities for non-verbal and observational skill required in the Justice environment.  (Element 5 and 6)

Day Five: Students will put into practice what they’ve learned by  observing inter-personal behaviour, interpreting what they’re seeing and writing a descriptive report.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The APA  Guide to Referencing from the RMIT bookshop. Cost is approx $23.00. Alternatively students can down load a reference guide from the Library web site.


Other Resources

No other resources are required

Overview of Assessment

Students will be required to complete a range of written reports and to make an oral presentation. Details are in Part B.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be required to submit written work and participate in oral presentations and class room hurtle tasks

Assessment Matrix

The teasks are linked to the daily activities-elements to each are listed in the daily guide

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