Course Title: Prepare reports

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: COMM7312C

Course Title: Prepare reports

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5305 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Geraldine Walton - teacher

Nominal Hours: 60

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

There are none

Course Description

This unit covers the process of preparing comprehensive reports for a rural, horticultural or land management setting and defines the standard required to: identify the purpose of the report and verify it with the client; conduct research and compile information; draw conclusions from research supported by reasoned argument and supporting information; make recommendations if required and reference to information and conclusions; produce a correctly formatted report document that uses appropriate language and terminology, is arranged in a logical order, and provides details on information sources and consultation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCWRK503A Prepare reports


1. Research material

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Topic of the report is identified and described.
1.2. Sources of information are determined.
1.3. Information appropriate to the task is collected and organised according to enterprise standards.


2. Evaluate information

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Information collected is relevant and sufficient to provide a full report.
2.2. Where information is unclear or difficult to understand, clarification and assistance is sought.
2.3. Where available information is inadequate, additional information is obtained.
2.4. Information is assessed for its validity and reliability, and is organised into a suitable form to aid decision-making.
2.5. Conclusions drawn from relevant information are based on reasoned argument and appropriate evidence.


3. Produce a document

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Language is applicable to the task and audience.
3.2. The document is organised logically, is structured and balanced according to purpose, audience and context.
3.3. The document is formatted and presented according to business and enterprise standards.
3.4. Conclusions reached reflect the stated objectives of the report.
3.5. Preparation is completed within the specified timeframe.
3.6. Enterprise and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements and procedures are followed.


4. Deliver an oral presentation

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Language is applicable to the task and audience.
4.2. Presentation is organised logically, is structured and balanced according to purpose, audience and context.
4.3. Concise and well-presented support materials are used in oral presentations to reflect industry standards.
4.4. Efficient time use allows clear presentation of the desired topic.
4.5. Oral presentation is delivered within a specified time.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Lectures
• Class Discussions
• Class Activities
• Worksheets

Teaching Schedule

Week Week beginning  Topic
1. 11 Feb

Introduction to course
Literacy & Language Diagnostic Test
Library Orientation

2. 18 Feb Summarising, Paraphrasing & Quoting
3. 25 Feb Sentence Structure
Paragraph structure
4. 4 March Anglesea Camp (4-7 March)
5. 11 March Writing Reports and Workplace Documents
6. 18 March Writing Reports and Technical Documents
7. 25 March Using Graphics and Tables in a Report
8. 8 April Report Writing support
9. 15 April Planning and Presenting an Oral Presentation
10. 22 April Anzac day Public Holiday Thursday 25th April
11. 29 April Gannt charts
12. 6 May Writing a Funding Proposal – Group Project
13. 13 May Writing a Funding Proposal – Group Project
14. 20 May Writing a Funding Proposal – Group Project
15. 27 May Oral Presentation
16. 3 June Oral Presentation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include written and oral reports, tests and quizzes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Number 1: Written Report: Assessment of the Vegetation Community in a Natural Area

Issued Week:1

Due Date: 12th April

Assessment weighting % of final mark: CA/NYC

Assessment Number 2:  Written Proposal (Request for Funding) – Group Project  

Issued Week: 12

Due Date: 31st May

Assessment weighting % of final mark: 50%

 Assessment Number 3: Oral Report

Issued Week: 9

Due Date: Weeks 15-16

Assessment weighting % of final mark: 50%

Assessment Matrix

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