Course Title: Establish and maintain work and contractual relationships

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: EMPL5401C

Course Title: Establish and maintain work and contractual relationships

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6088 - Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting

Course Contact : Course Adminstration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: John Reeves
Phone: 99254815

Nominal Hours: 70

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 you are required to have completed all first year courses before enrolling in Establish and Maintain Work and Contractual Relationships

Course Description

In this course, you gain valuable industry experience by completing an industry placement. You work in an area of the industry that interests you, while observing and  participating in the development or production of current projects with professional mentors This course involves work integrated learning (WIL) and you develop the skills and knowledge required to set up and maintain workplace relationships, to negotiate within a working environment and to communicate effectively in an industry context. The industry placement will take place in appropriate and approved companies and organizations, or on approved productions.






National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM07A Establish and maintain work and contractual relationships


1. Establish and conduct work relationships

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Establish relationships within the appropriate context in a manner which promotes goodwill and trust between all parties

1.2 Employ effective communication skills and techniques in relationships to build trust and respect

1.3 Take all opportunities to maintain contact with all parties wherever possible


2. Conduct negotiations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Conduct negotiations in a business like and professional manner

2.2 Conduct negotiations using techniques to maximise benefits for all parties in the context of establishing long term relationships

2.3 Take account of input from colleagues and other relevant parties in negotiations, where appropriate

2.4 Communicate the results of negotiations within appropriate timeframes

2.5 Manage situations in which there is conflict or disagreement


3. Make formal agreements / contracts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Confirm agreements in writing with contracts or other documentation drawn up in accordance with legal and other requirements

3.2 Ensure that all parties check and approve all aspects of formal agreement/contract in accordance with enterprise procedures where appropriate

3.3 Seek specialist advice in the development of contracts where appropriate


4. Foster and maintain business relationships

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Seek information needed to maintain sound business relationships, and review and act upon it
4.2 Honour agreements within the scope of individual responsibility

4.3 Make adjustments to agreements in consultation with all parties and share information with appropriate colleagues

4.4 Build relationships through regular contact and use of effective interpersonal and communication styles

4.5 Handle any situations of conflict or disagreement so problems are resolved by negotiation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed an awareness of the current screenwriting industry environment. You will be able to negotiate and enter into a formal agreement with an employer, build and maintain professional relationships and communicate effectively as required by freelance workers in the industry .

Details of Learning Activities

This course involves work integrated learning (WIL) which means that you learn through the practical application of skills and knowledge in the workplace. This entails you securing and fulfilling a placement within a screenwriting sector of the film, television and digital media industry, and reporting on that placement. You negotiate and organize your own placement and the course coordinator/teacher will be there to provide support and to approve arrangements and the scope of the position.
Related independent learning includes:
• research
• reading
• discussion and comment via the class website, Blackboard
• assignment/project work

Teaching Schedule

There is no formal weekly schedule for this class. After the first scheduled meeting, held in the first week of the semester, you are expected to maintain regular contact with your teacher through face-to-face meetings and through e-mail. After the first scheduled meeting you are expected to contact the teacher to arrange the meeting times.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course


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

Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through the negotiation and completion of an industry placement. You are also assessed  through a log book of progress meetings with your teacher, a written report reflecting on the placement and through a report from your host employer.  


Assessment Tasks

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

Assessment 1. Organise Placement
As you source and organize a placement you need to maintain a journal outlining the process. Once you have sourced your placement you need to obtain teacher approval and complete all required documentation.
All necessary documentation needs to be completed prior to commencement of the placement.
Due date: Prior to commencement of placement
Percentage Weighting: 10%

Assessment 2. Complete Placement
During your placement you will engage in script writing, development or editing work in a production company or on an approved project, through observation. Where possible this should include involvement in the writing process or other related tasks, such as writing sample scenes or scripts for the production and (if possible) obtaining feedback about your work from host company.

You are expected to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills at all times, and complete all tasks assigned in the workplace to an acceptable standard.

You need to maintain a workplace diary for the placement period and complete the agreed hours of attendance.
Due date: As negotiated with employer
Percentage Weighting: 50%

Assessment 3. Progress Reporting
Report to class teacher on work experience. Meeting pattern to be negotiated with class teacher
Percentage Weighting: 10%

Assessment 4. Placement Report
Your placement report should:
• describe roles and responsibilities of relevant personnel, script development, methods of accountability, scheduling, briefing, etc.
• record and evaluate the collaborative working process
• record and evaluate all tasks allocated, opportunities for observation of script development and production process and all writing tasks undertaken.
• evaluate placement experience in light of personal career development goals.

You submit this assessment in the form of a written report (1500-2000 words)
Due date: Week 16
Percentage Weighting: 20%

Assessment 5. Mentor Evaluation
Supply a report from your mentor/ placement host, in the form of a letter of reference
Due date: Week 16
Percentage Weighting: 10%

Grades used in this course are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction

70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

For further details on these assessment tasks and the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

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

You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL.;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

Late Submissions
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 course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

Special Consideration Policy
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