Course Title: Australian Art and Culture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: HUSO5158

Course Title: Australian Art and Culture

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3231 - Certificate III in ESL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou & Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact &

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli    94.3.16 email:
Karen Gao           94.3.16 email:
Tim Morris           94.3.16 email:

Nominal Hours: 50

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

This module must be co-delivered and assessed with at least one of the language (Listening and Speaking or Reading and Writing) units from the Certificates in ESL. 

Course Description

This module aims to familiarise learners who are speakers of languages other than English with aspects of Australian Art and Culture from both the past and present and the language required to describe aspects of Australian Art and Culture.

The module is included as an elective for use at different levels of the Certificates in ESL Framework. It may be contextualised to suit the needs and skills of learners in courses from Certificate I to Certificate IV.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAM547 Australian Art and Culture


1. Describe the features of one of the visual arts in Australia.
2. Investigate concepts of Australian identity and culture.
3. Investigate a local example of Australian art or culture.
4. Describe the features of an Australian film.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select one of the visual arts

1.2 Give historical background to the art.

1.3 List the key participants.

1.4 Outline the features of one artist’s work

2.1 identify key elements of ’Australian’  Englishes

2.2 Describe Australian cultural  icons.

2.3 Describe multicultural aspect fo Austrlain’s culture.\

2.4 Describe key element sof Australian entertainment and leisure.

3.1 Describe the significane of and locate the example

3.2 Describe the key characteristics of example

3.3 Explain reasons for selections and give an opinionof the example.

4.1 identify the title, creators and key particpants.

4.2 State the historical setting and location of the film.\\list key events

4.3 List the key events

4.4 Identify any significant issues or themes.

Learning Outcomes

Students will have understanding of the features of one of the visual arts in Australia and the features of an Australian film and be able to investigate concepts of Australian identity and culture and a local example of Australian art or culture. 

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities
This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Access) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program.

An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

In Australian Art and Culture you will:

  • Investigate local Australian Art
  • excursion to local art displays
  • Study aspects of Australian culture
  • Watch and describe features of Australian films
  • learn aspects of Australian identity and multicultural society.

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 6 February – Fri 15 June 2012
Term Break:        Mon 9 April –   Fri 13 April 2012

Public holidays: Mon 12 March (Labour Day), Fri 6 April (Good Friday)Wed 25 April (ANZAC DAY) Mon 11 June 2012 (Queen’s Birthday)

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
  •  Excursions 
  •  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


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

To be assessed as competent the learner needs to demonstrate:

  • evidence of the ability to interpret information on visual arts
  • evidence of the ability to interpret information on Australian cultural identity
  • evidence of the ability to respond to local art and culture
  • evidence of the ability to interpret and respond to Australian films

You may be assessed by:

  • book review,
  • field trip/excursion reports,
  • reviews on presentations,
  • oral report.

Assessment Tasks

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

Two Film Reviews
Local Australian Art Research Report

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.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview