Course Title: Establish and maintain work and contractual relationships
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2012
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 Email:Brendan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Teacher: John Reeves
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
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
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
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
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
4.1 Seek information needed to maintain sound business relationships, and review and act upon it
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
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
In this course you learn through:
- online and other research
- work integrated learning
- teacher directed learning
- one-on-one discussion with your teacher
- independent study
- analysis and reflective practice
Your 70 hour industry placement takes place over a period of time to be negotiated by you with your your host employer.
Each student’s work schedule will be different, so there is no ongoing weekly outline for classes. However, there will be an introductory class held in the first 2 weeks of Semester 2 which aims to provide students with information regarding the routines and protocols related to Practical Placement activities.
Topics covered in the first class include:
- Information for students including a briefing about the general requirements and expectations of the practical placement
- Accidents and emergencies including work cover and liability issues
- Health and Safety considerations in work place activities
- Employer expectations
- All required documentation
After this first scheduled meeting, you research possibilities for a placement within a screenwriting sector of the film, television and digital media industry. You do this with the help of the course teacher who is there both to provide support and to approve the arrangements and the scope of the position.Taking into account your study timetable and the needs of the host organisation, you then negotiate the schedule of your employment and complete the industry placement for a total 70 hours.
You are expected to maintain regular contact with your teacher through face-to-face meetings and through e-mail. These meetings are scheduled by you and the teacher together and will be logged and minuted as part of your assessment.
There are no prescribed texts for this course
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information
You will 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.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. All industry placements have to be competed and assessment submitted by October 31, 2012. You will receive feedback on all assessment.
1. Organize placement
You will maintain a journal as you research, source and organize a placement with the help and support of your teacher.
To be included in the journal should be:
- A record of communication with your host employer
- Confirmation that you have considered Health and Safety issues pertaining to the placement
- Record of consultation with and approval from your teacher regarding the placement.
- Confirmation that all necessary documentation has been completed prior to commencement of the placement.
2. Complete the Placement
You will engage in script writing, development or editing work in a production company or on an approved project. This engagement can take the form of observation and/or involvement in the writing process or other related tasks, such as writing sample scenes or scripts for the production and obtaining feedback on your work from others involved in the project.
During your placement you should:
- Behave in a manner appropriate to that of an employee and which upholds the good name of RMIT;
- Adhere to the professional ethics and codes of conduct;
- Be punctual throughout the duration of the activity;
- Adhere to policies and procedures of the workplace site, including occupational health and safety, and equal opportunity;
- Treat confidential material and information gained about workplaces from any sources in an appropriate manner
- Maintain communication with the workplace supervisor as required;
- Raise issues of concern with the workplace supervisor and RMIT coordinator;
- Advise the placement coordinator of any fact which may affect their capacity to undertake the placement, such as a disability or personal difficulty;
- Provide a medical certificate for absences of two or more days to the workplace supervisor and RMIT coordinator;
- Use resources available at the placement site for the purposes they are intended.
- Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and communication skills at all times, and complete all tasks assigned in the workplace to an acceptable standard.
- Maintain a workplace diary for the placement period.
- Complete agreed hours of attendance.
3. Progress Reporting
Report to course coordinator or class on work experience as required by the schedule negotiated with your teacher
4. Placement Report
Submit a written report (1500-2000 words) in which you:
- 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.
- Reflect on and evaluate placement experience in light of personal career development goals.
5. Mentor Evaluation
Supply a report from your mentor/ placement host, in the form of a letter of reference
This unit will be assessed as:
NYC Not yet competent
For further details on these assessment tasks and of the criteria used for assessment, please refer to the course blackboard site.
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration
Information on Work Integrated Learning
Please refer to the following URL for further information on WIL. This includes links to RMIT policy regarding WIL
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse/Our Organisation%2FDesign and Social Context%2FLearning and teaching%2FWork Integrated Learning (WIL) in Creative Practice Contexts%2FWIL for students
Submission of Assessment Tasks
You are required to submit all written assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
Please refer to the course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.
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 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. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kkc202lwe1yv
Special Consideration Policy
Please refer to the following URL for information on applying for special consideration:
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