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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

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. Identify 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 legislations, literature and journals to support the basis for the report are identified.
1.3 Research format 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 of information are identified
2.4 The difference between 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 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 Analytical and interpretative skills are applied in the development of the materials.
5.5 In-text citation of sources and reference page are listed in a format required.


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

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Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area

Teaching Schedule

This course will be taught in a one week intensive

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 advised of the details of assessment early in the semester

Assessment Matrix

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