Course Title: Prepare reports

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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

Sally Heeps

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 Identify and describe the topic of the report

1.2 Determine the sources of information

1.3  Collect and organise information appropriate to the task


2. Evaluate information

Performance Criteria:


2.1 Confirm that information collected is relevant and sufficient to provide a full report

2.2 Seek clarification where information is unclear or difficult to understand and seek assistance if required

2.3 Obtain additional information where available information is inadequate

2.4 Assess information for its validity and reliability and organise into a suitable form to aid decision making

2.5  Confirm that conclusions drawn from relevant information are based on reasoned argument and appropriate evidence


3. Produce a document

Performance Criteria:


3.1 Use language that is applicable to the task and audience

3.2 Organise the document logically, and confirm it is structured and balanced according to purpose, audience and context

3.3 Format the document

3.4 Confirm that conclusions reached reflect the stated objectives of the report

3.5 Complete preparation within the specified timeframe

3.6  Follow enterprise and work health and safety requirements and procedures


4. Deliver an oral presentation

Performance Criteria:


4.1 Confirm language is applicable to the task and audience

4.2 Use concise and well presented support materials are used in oral presentations

4.3 Allocate sufficient time to allow clear presentation of the desired topic

4.4  Deliver verbal presentation is delivered within a specified time

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Lectures, online activities, group work. 

Teaching Schedule


Week No.


Learning activity



Introduction to unit

Purpose and types of reports



Writing reports in the Scientific Format

Preliminary research activities and library resources

Report topics –writing a proposal

Copyright, plagiarism and Referencing

No class 19/7.  You should work on assignment one




LIBRARY sessions

Referencing whilst researching.


What is relevant and sufficient?

Investigating collected data - What is valid and reliable?

Two weeks without classes – continue to research your topic and start compiling notes to start writing both your report and oral presentation.




Practicing writing reports in the Scientific Format


Understanding different communication and learning styles

Using PowerPoint for presentations

Mid Semester break



Structuring presentation to address key points

Use of media in presentations




Structuring presentation to address key points

Use of media in presentations

Writing Reports:

Image, resizing and referencing

Working on Major report



Class time for Presentation (Assessment 3)

Revision of referencing methods

Working on Major report

Three weeks without classes – use this time to write a draft of your report.




Revision of referencing methods

Work on Major Report

Students to give oral presentations to class (if required)



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 Task

Assessment Name

Due Date


1)      Formative Assessment Task 1

Assignment - Defining topic, audience and literature search, review and other references collation




2)      Formative Assessment Task 2

AssignmentScientific report




3)      Formative Assessment Task 3

Oral Presentation – Presentation of topic




4)     Summative Assessment Task 1

Product – Final Report of topic





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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