Course Title: Collect and organise information

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: PERF5045C

Course Title: Collect and organise information

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Coordinator: Clare Renner
Telephone: 9925 4047

Nominal Hours: 15

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

At RMIT, the competency Collect and organise information is contextualised by your chosen writing courses.  Collect and organise information is delivered and assessed along with each of your Produce Writing specialisations

Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to identify, collect and organise information.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSRAD01A Collect and organise information


1.  Collect the information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Find out why the information is needed and what it will be used for

1.2 Identify appropriate sources of information

1.3 Use appropriate sources to access the required information


2.  Assess the information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check the accuracy and currency of the information collected

2.2 Check through the information collected and confirm that the information contains adequate detail to satisfy the purpose for which it was collected

2.3 If necessary, collect further information


3.  Organise the information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise the information so that it will be easily understood

3.2 Find out whether the information is organised in an appropriate format for its intended audience

3.3 Reorganise or reformat the material if required


4.  Communicate the information 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Present information in a structure and format that is logical, and useful for the purpose intended

4.2 Communicate material to relevant individuals or groups using appropriate communication techniques by the required deadline

4.3 Seek feedback on how well the information collected and presented satisfied the purpose for which it was collected

4.4 Use the feedback to improve future information collection and presentation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to collect and organise information for use within a range of writing tasks. <!--EndFragment-->

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you  learn through - 

In-class activities:
• classroom-based lectures
• class exercises
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• class readings
• workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities:
• independent writing and reading
• online and other research
• independent study and project work

Teaching Schedule

Collect and Organise Information is delivered and assessed within your Produce Writing specialisations. For example, you discuss the skills required to collect and organise information within the context of writing a novel, creating a desk-top publishing project, writing a feature article etc.

See your Produce Writing specialisation course outlines for the teaching schedule for this competency.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this unit.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

All resources are supplied by the teacher for this unit. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes the completion of a written exercise and demonstration of competency through your chosen writing specialisations. 

Assessment Tasks

This unit is assessed through a preliminary exercise specific to this competency.  This exercise will be e-mailed to you by the unit coordinator with directions on how to submit the assessment. The assessment is due in Semester 1.

The unit is also assessed within your writing specialisation assessment by your writing teachers. Successful completion of the assessment will demonstrate competency in the collection and organisation of information within the context of that writing specialisation.   See Produce Writing course guide for assessment details.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete all assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

This competency will be assessed as:
C Competent
NYC Not yet competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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