Course Title: Comparative Texts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Comparative Texts

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Leanne Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8747

Course Coordinator Email: rmit.training.fs.team.leaders@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course you will focus on comparing two selected texts but will also explore other texts in audio, written and multimodal forms that add to your understanding of how authors seek to influence the audience to appreciate and accept ideas, beliefs and views on the world. This course enables you to develop a deeper understanding of the ideas, issues and themes that reflect and record human experiences though reading and responding to texts. You will encounter strategies that enhance the capacity to think, analyse, question, and form and defend opinions in response to the diverse texts which will be examined.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.


Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group;
  2. Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information; 
  3. Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English;
  4. Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and
  5. Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Select and use diverse thinking routines and planning tools when working independently, or with others;
  2. Demonstrate appropriate control of English language appropriate to purpose context and audience;
  3. Create oral, written and multimodal pieces for different purposes and audiences in response to provocations provided; and
  4. Compare and analyse themes and points of view contained in the two selected texts. 


Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a blend of didactic, active, and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of international students. The course encourages the process of inquiry, application and reflection through student centred learning and teaching activities including practical work in studio environments and laboratories . In doing so, there will be a focus on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills that promote problem solving, independent research skills and group work. Students will develop their technology skills through engagement in formative and summative assessments. The course will maximise the use of the learning management system by incorporating flipped and blended methodologies. This may be complemented by guest lectures, excursions and speakers with discipline specific work life expertise to further connect content to the professional world and generate opportunities for reflective practice.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available through RMIT’s learning management system,  Canvas. In addition to assessment details and a study schedule, you will also be provided with links to relevant course information, class activities and communication tools. 

Other learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Academic and learning support is provided through Study Success at RMIT Training. The Foundation Studies home group program will also provide support, navigating university systems, advice on living and studying in Melbourne as well as explaining RMIT university policy and procedures.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

 Assessment Type Assessment Description  Weighting 
 "The Future Perfect" Using the theme “The Future Perfect” this informative response in chosen style should inform, persuade and awaken the reader to possibilities and consequences of current and future human behaviour and lifestyle. (Week 5)  30%
 Creative Folio Consists of 3 selected responses developed throughout the semester in response to texts.  Each with separate due date* These range in style, length and complexity depending on the task and includes written and multimodal responses. (Weeks 6, 10, 11)  30%
 Extended Written Response Comparative Study of Two Texts: An 800 - 1200 word (or equivalent) critical examination of common themes and issues and referencing content from one print and one non-print text. (Due Week 17)  40%