Course Title: Prepare reports

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Jess Drake

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, online activities, group work. 

Teaching Schedule

10th Feb Introduction to course
Why do we need reports and what types are there?
Start Mini Biography
17th Feb Common structures and terms in reports
24th Feb Paragraphs, summaries, paraphrasing, quotes, plagiarism
3rd March No Class – Field Camp
10th March How do we write Field Trip Reports?
17th March Researching and Referencing – Library Practical
24th March Oral presentations – planning and presenting
31st March Oral presentations – class prac
Semester Break 2nd to 8th April
14th April Group Work – Oral presentations
21st April Oral Assessments in Class
28th April What is a Technical Report?
Writing Technical Reports in a Team
5th May How do we write a Technical Report?
Researching and Compiling Information
12th May How do we write Technical Reports?
Reasoned arguments, drawing conclusions
19th May How do we write Technical Reports?
Making recommendations, referencing
26th May Writing Funding Submissions and Project Proposals
2nd June Project Proposal – Group work
9th June End of Sem, No classes

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course, resources will be provided throughout the course.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 – Field Trip Report.
A short report from the Field Trip following a Field Trip Report style. This will be on plants and communities, and will link to Collect and Classify Plants. 2000 words.:20%

Assessment 2 – Oral Presentation
Group presentation to be made about an environmental threat and what we can do to manage it. Role Play/Scenario.:30%

Assessment 3 – Technical Report
Individual Technical Reports to be submitted. These are to be based on your Herbarium from Collect and Classify Plants: 30%

Ongoing:In Class Assessment
This consists of activities undertaken in class that are due at the end of class or by the following class. Includes both hand-in written work and observation by staff. As per Teaching Schedule:  20%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (reports, assignments etc.) .
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.
APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.
For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination

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