Course Title: Investigate issues in the Australian environment

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3403 Certificate III in EAL (Further Study)

Course Title: Investigate issues in the Australian environment

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360T Education


Term1 2019,
Term2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021

Course Contact: Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4095

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required by learners of English as an additional language to research and present information in an oral presentation and a written report in the context of identifying and investigating issues in the  Australian environment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU22615 Investigate issues in the Australian environment


1. Investigate an environmental issue of significance in Australia

2. Present your research findings to a group

3. Write a report on your research

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of Speaking 2+, Listening 2+, Reading 2+/3, Writing 2+/3 and also contribute to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) indicators of competence in Oral Communication, Reading and Writing at Level 3.

Overview of Assessment

This course is delivered as part of a full time intergrated 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. You may be assessed by research projects, reports, oral presentation, observation, portfolio of evidence and verbal and written questioning.

Individual research project on an Australian environmental issue.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

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