Course Title: Exploring Narratives

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Exploring Narratives

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Leanne Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 9925 8747

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore a range of texts in audio, written and multimodal forms which show how personal, social, historical, authorial and cultural contexts are conveyed and seek to influence the audience. 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. Describe how context shapes narrative;
  3. Create oral, written and multimodal pieces for different purposes and audiences in response to provocations provided; and
  4. Analyse themes and points of view contained in a variety of 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 
Creative Writing (Reading & Writing)

Three pieces of writing based on the theme of “What’s Your Story?”

  • One Second Story (5%) & Detailed Scene (500 words) (10%) (Due Week 3 & Week 8)
  • What’s THEIR Story (Oral Presentation) (10%) ) (Due: Week 6)

Informative Language (Viewing, Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening)

An examination of the stories of others and how stories are shared via Broadcast News (Both Due Week 10)

  • Topical news item (factual piece)
  • General Interest segment (creative writing option)

Persuasive Language (Reading & Writing)

Persuasive Language writing task that seeks to inform and persuade the reader. Word length: 700 words. (Due Week 14)


Single Text Response (Reading & Writing)

Close Study of a Single Text: Word length:  800 - 1200 words response based on a single print or non-print text. (Due Week 17)  30%