Course Title: Participate in collaborative learning

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: GEDU5953

Course Title: Participate in collaborative learning

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4327 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

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: 30

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 will cover the skills required to be able to participate effectively in collaborative
learning. This unit addresses the basic skills of group activities, peer evaluation and discussion.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20763 Participate in collaborative learning


1 Plan group work to complete an academic task

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Devise a contract or agreed procedures for the activity

1.2 Discuss learning styles and preferences

1.3 Apply collaborative techniques to analyse task requirements

1.4 Allocate roles and responsibilities

1.5 Produce timeline for stages of completion

1.6 Establish group work protocols


2 Conduct group activity

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Carry out allocated individual tasks according to plan

2.2 Complete collaborative tasks

2.3 Evaluate group activity using agreed criteria


3 Conduct peer evaluation

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Dertermine criteria anpurpose of evaluation

3.2 Agree to protocols for feedback

3.3 Ensure each participant  is provided with written feedback

3.4 Provide response to peer evluation

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) and Australian Qualities Framework (AQF).

They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF/AQF indicators of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening competence at Level 4:

Details of Learning Activities

The competency will cover skills in team work and working collaboratively specifically on group projects and presentations.

You will:

Plan group work to complete an academic task

Establish group work protocols

Apply collaborative techniques to analyse task requirements

Produce timeline for stages of completion

Evaluate group activity

Conduct peer evaluation

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.

WeekGEDU 5949

Prepare for Tertiary Reading & Writing


GEDU 5951

Communicate Verbally in a further study context


GEDU 5947

Set Study goals and plan education pathway


GEDU 5953

in collaborative learning


GEDU 5955

Conduct online research for further study


1Sentence structure


Investigate current legal issues


Ongoing assessment

 Team work skills research skills
2Paragraph StructureInvestigate current legal issues
Ongoing assessment

 Collaborative project 
3Unity coherence paragraph structure
 Careers fairCollaborative project 


Investigate current legal issues
Study goals, education pathway assessment introduced
Collaborative project

assessment introduced

 Database research Library task
5read, notetaking strategies



Essay skills Collaborative project

Exposition essay Assessment task intro.

Investigate current legal issues
 Collaborative project
goal setting
6read, notetaking strategies



Individual essay topic

Investigate current legal issues
 Collaborative project Formatting



7Essay Plan submittedInvestigate current legal issues
Study goals, education pathway assessment due  Research


8essay Draft


  reflective journal
Exposition Essay

Literature Review introduced

mid semester interviews Collaborative Journal

Peer Review reflective journal

10Literature review    Research
11Literature review assessmentOral presentation skills Court Excursion organised by groups. Dates TBC Research
12Argumentative essay skillsassessment task introduced
13Essay skills


  Court Excursion Research
14PlanPolice incursion


 Police incursion


15Exam skillsExam skillsExam skills  Oral presentation



16Essay dueOral Presentation   Oral presentation
17course 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

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.

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 policy summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures see

Assessment Tasks

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

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

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:

  • Collaboration Journal incorporating:
  • Collaboration Record
  • Analysis of requirements
  • Team meeting records
  • Timeline (Gant Chart)
  • Individual project log book

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

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.
All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

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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