Course Title: Conduct online research

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GEDU5254C

Course Title: Conduct online research

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3203 - Certificate III in General Education for Adults

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact,

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Duncan Box

Nominal Hours: 35

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


Course Description

In this unit of competency you will be introduced to skills and knowledge required to prepare to enter tertiary study . It applies to learners who need to carry out research and analysis tasks in a tertiary study context. This may involve
collaborative activity where some responsibility is required to delegate aspects of these tasks to others. It will be taught in conjuction with:

VBQM481 The Legal System

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBEBUS401A Conduct online research


1 Prepare self and/or others for online search

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Purpose and scope of the research brief are clarified and meet organisational requirements
1.2 Research requirements for combining online research with non-electronic sources of information are identified and communicated as required
1.3 Possible internal and external sources of online information are identified and communicated as required
1.4 Search engines and databases relevant to research needs are identified in consultation with expert personnel
1.5 Key elements of the research brief are identified to assist in online search
1.6 Organisational requirements for reporting or presenting research results are confirmed


2 Research business information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Websites and databases are identified using relevant search engines / information brokers / portals
2.2 Key words and phrases are identified for the search using logic and other research tools
2.3 Websites are navigated and searches conducted using key words and phrases identified for the research topic
2.4 Breadth and depth of research source/s meet the requirements of the research brief in terms of its scope and purpose
2.5 Research is conducted in accordance with legal and ethical requirements


3 Locate and retrieve information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Information is located and assessed against set criteria in accordance with research requirements
3.2 Search results are analysed for sufficiency against the research brief and further research conducted where information is insufficient
3.3 Information is downloaded, printed or ordered in accordance with the requirements of the distributor and copyright owner and organisational requirements



4 Report online research results

Performance Criteria:

4.1 A report or presentation of the outcomes of online research is prepared in accordance with organisational requirements
4.2 Outcomes are reported with referenced material from the search/es integrated with non-electronic search results if applicable and sources documented in accordance with organisational requirements
4.3 Information is organised in a format suitable for use in accordance with organisational requirements
4.4 Legal requirements relating to copyright and protection of intellectual property are met

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competence of the above elements. The outcomes described in this unit relate to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 5:


Details of Learning Activities

This competency will cover basic skills in online research.

You will:

Access online web search tutoiral to gather effective search acitivities

Identify search engines and databases relevant to research needs

Critically examine material for relevance and suitability

Gather, organise and manage information in a format suitable for ananlysis and interpretation

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 18 February – Fri 21 June 2013

Term Break: Fri 29 March – Fri 5 April 2013

Public holidays: Mon 11 March (Labour Day), Fri 29 March (Good Friday),Thur 25 April (ANZAC Day), Mon 10 June 2013 (Queen’s Birthday)

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. The assessment tasks have been put in bold to match the unit of competency. The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course as indicated on this grid.



Evaluate design portfolio


GEDU5326 Engage in a range of texts Learning

GEDU5334 Create complex texts Learning


GEDU5355 Investigating current issues


GEDU5254C Conduct online research


JUST5155 The legal system




Investigate current legal issues

Ongoing assessment

Sentence structure
Investigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment
research skillsInvestigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment
2 Investigate current legal issues

Ongoing assessment

Paragraph StructureInvestigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment
 Investigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment
3Careers fairInvestigate current legal issues

Ongoing assessment

Unity coherence paragraph structureInvestigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment
 Investigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment
4Study goals, education pathway assessment introducedInvestigate current legal issues

Ongoing assessment

Investigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment
Database research Library taskInvestigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment
5 read, notetaking strategies


Essay skills Collaborative project

Exposition essay Assessment task intro

6 read, notetaking strategies


Individual essay topic

 Formatting Research



7Study goals, education pathway assessment due Essay Plan submitted Research
essay Draft
9 read, notetaking strategies
Exposition Essay
Literature Review introduced
 Justice Journal assessment due 
10 read, notetaking strategies
Literature review Research
11  Literature review assessment

Oral presentation


Legal System Researh Report
12 read, notetaking strategies
Argumentative essay skillsassessment task introduced

Oral presentation


Legal System Researh Report
13 read, notetaking strategies
Essay skills
Oral Presentation assessmentResearch
Legal System Researh Report
14  Essay skills
 Legal System Researh ReportLegal System Researh Report
15Exam skillsExam skillsExam skills   
16  Essay due   
17course feedbackcourse feedbackcourse feedbackcourse feedbackcourse feedbackcourse feedback

**The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.

Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.

Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Guest speakers
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
• RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Other Resources
There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring:

• English-English dictionary (we ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
• Thesaurus
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
• USB (Memory stick)


Overview of Assessment

This competency is part of an integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks.


This unit is clustered with  VBQM481 The Legal System and covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate

Both verbal and written feedback will be provided throughout the semester, as well as individual and group feedback on practical exercises.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more
An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc


Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course.Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis.

You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessments:

Research for:

Academic Essay Exposition
Academic essay: Argumentative

Literature Review
Reflective Journal
Short answer questions (Exam techniques)

Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.


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