Course Title: Apply essential further study skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: GEDU6187

Course Title: Apply essential further study skills

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4399 - Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou, Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:;

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli 51.2


Jane Collins 51.2


Jacqui Cheng 51.2 

Nominal Hours: 90

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


Course Description

In this unit of competency, you will be introduced to skills and knowledge required to prepare to enter tertiary study. The competency will cover basic skills in research and the analysis of tasks in a further study context and reinforce collaboration and study skills.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21881 Apply essential further study skills


1. Analyse the requirements of tertiary learning environments

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the expectations of the tertiary learning environment

1.2 Determine the main learning contexts found in tertiary learning environments

1.3 Define the main learning strategies used in tertiary learning environments

1.4 Analyse the features, benefits and disadvantages of different learning strategies as they relate to different learning contexts

1.5 Identify the features of the peer review system

1.6 Determine effective personal strategies to maximise learning opportunities


2. Investigate library services

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the main services of educational libraries

2.2 Identify sources of information available in educational libraries

2.3 Establish broad criteria for assessing information


3. Use effective reading strategies to analyse complex texts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Investigate the features and purpose of different academic reading strategies

3.2 Determine the significance of context for the meaning of a text

3.3 Use text structure, wording, syntax and technical vocabulary to support the interpretation of meaning

3.4 Synthesise, summarise and note the main arguments of the text

3.5 Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the text


4. Produce complex texts

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify the main features of types of academic texts

4.2 Analyse the features, purpose and phases of the academic writing process

4.3 Identify the significance of context and audience to academic writing

4.4 Produce a piece of academic writing, including appropriate referencing

4.5 Observe required standards on plagiarism and collusion


5. Develop collaborative learning relationships

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify modes of collaborative learning

5.2 Identify characteristics of effective collaborative learning relationships

5.3 Form collaborative learning relationships with other learners 

5.4 Negotiate collaborative learning relationship protocols with other students

5.5 Agree strategies to deal with uneven contributions to collaborative work

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+ and The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 4. 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with two other units on the same day. Your program consists of face to face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit.  

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. This unit is taught with VU22648 (GEDU6184) Read and write complex texts for study purposes  and VU21881 (GEDU6187) Apply essential further study skills.

The competencies will cover basic skills in learning strategies, analysis, critical thinking, research and academic writing for tertiary study.

The Weekly Program Delivery Plan is a detailed outline of what activities you will be undertaking in each session on a weekly basis. You can access this via Canvas on the first day of each teaching week.

You will be taught research and analytical skills over a wide range of texts relevant to the study context as well as read, analyse and review complex texts for appropriateness in a further study context.

In a variety of writing activities, you will learn how to use different writing styles that are appropriate for your study context. This will include essays, research reports, lab reports, proposals, critiques. You will:
• take notes from a range of complex texts
• learn to locate and record references used
• learn about research, essay and report writing
• learn to plan, draft and proofread your work 
• construct formatted texts for study purposes
• become familiar with academic discourse

The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.


Teaching Schedule

Course Dates: 

11 February – 7 June 2019

Mid Semester Break:

Thursday 18 – Friday 26 April 2019  


This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. This unit is taught with VU22648 (GEDU6184) Read and write complex texts for study purposes  and VU21881 (GEDU6187) Apply essential further study skills.







Week 1


Introduction to RMIT online/CANVAS

Reading (Myung Sook) and predicting

Reading and comprehension (Myung Sook)


Orientation/Administration: Skills Survey, my RMIT, Canvas
Learning lab - study

Diagnostic Tasks
 Collaborative learning: skills/Group work

Introduce Assessment Task 1: Group work task and individual short report

Topic Sentences and sentence structure

Introduce Reading tutorial

VU22648- E1,2,3


VU21881- E 1,3,4,5

Week 2

Paragraph writing

Unity and cohesion of paragraphs

Taking notes

Tutorial Reading

Harvard referencing


Paragraph structure

Paragraph Unity and Coherence

Learning Strategies and Contexts

Research-reading and taking notes

Introduce Assessment Task 2 Extended Written Response 1

Reading Tutorial

VU22648- E 1,2,3,4


VU21881-E 1,3,4, 5

Week 3

Stolen Generation-Reading and Taking notes

Unity and coherence

Group work practice

EXCURSION to Melbourne Museum



Learning Strategies and Contexts

Research/ Reading and Paraphrasing

In text referencing

Collaborative learning/Group work

Finish Assessment Task 1: Group Work Task and Individual Report

Introduce Assessment Rubric

VU22648- E 1,2,3,5


Week 4




Introduce extended response structure -exposition/informative

Essay structure

Brainstorm advantages and disadvantages of Assimilation Policy

Essay structure

Model essay- deconstructed

Harvard Referencing/reference lists

essay question/context brainstorm

Reading Tutorial 

VU22648- E 1,2,3


VU21881 –E 1,3,4,5

Week 5


Intext citations/reporting verbs

Essay structure- Essay planning/brainstorming


Essay Writing

Essay writing/peer editing

Reference List

Essay planning

Direct Quotes and In-text referencing

Complex Sentences

Reading Tutorial 

VU22648- E 2,3,4,5



Week 6


Essay writing session


Watching and taking notes

Reading comprehension

Essay writing/self-editing

Draft essay feedback sessions


Paraphrasing and in text citations

synthesising and summarising

Peer editing using rubric

Reading Tutorial

DRAFT Essay writing

Assessment Task 2 Extended Written Response 1 DRAFT to be submitted to CANVAS and check Turnitin similarity report

VU22648- E2,3,4,5


VU21881 -E1,3,4

Week 7

Research techniques


Website anatomy

Introduce Assessment Task 3: Extended Written Response 2

Proof reading, editing and re writing an essay

Research techniques

Reading Tutorial 

submitted to CANVAS

Introduce Assessment Task 3: Extended Written Response 2 -Discussion structure


VU21881-E 2,3,4,5

Week 8


Assessment Task 3 -Break down the question/ Brainstorm the topic

 Activity: New vocabulary- Compulsory Voting


Academic English

Reporting verbs

Reading tutorial 


VU21881-E 1,2,3,5

Week 9

Reading academic articles

Note taking


Fact and opinion


Tutorial activity

Extended written response/Essay review

Library research session

Reading academic articles

Research-fact and opinion

Discussion essay structure

Library Research session

Reading Tutorial


VU21881-E 1,2,3,5

Week 10

Read, discuss and reference Linking words

Review essay structure/plans Tutorials

Research and essay planning

Reference lists

Reading academic article activity


Intext citations


Essay Planning review

Collaborative learning/Group Work

Paraphrasing, synthesising

Punctuation, linking words review

Research Report topic focus

Reading Tutorial

VU22648-E1,2, 3,4

VU21881-E 1,2,3,5


Week 11



Visual literacy- reading graphs


Draft essay feedback sessions


review intext citations

Visual Literacy- reading and interpreting graphs and tables

Peer editing using rubric

Reading Tutorial

Complete DRAFT of Assessment Task 3: Extended Written Response 2 submit to CANVAS and check similarity report on Turnitin




Week 12


Draft essay feedback sessions

Editing draft essay

Tutorial model

Topics/groups for assessment part 1

Topic brainstorm session



Proof reading, editing and rewriting a essay

Introduce Assessment Task 4: Research Report

Introduce Research Report Structure

Report structure

Review- what are academic references

Brainstorm topics for research report/Prepare for group tutorial





Week 13




Research/ prepare for part 1

Tutorial Sessions


Research reading and summarising  

Findings (section of Report) 

Interpreting nonverbal data, graphs statistics




Week 14



Research and writing session

Taking notes and writing a summary

Report writing sessions



Reading and paraphrasing, synthesising

Discussion (section of Report)

in text citations/reporting verbs

Review reference lists



Week 15

Reading comprehension activity

Writing an abstract

Report writing sessions

Checking reference lists and in text citations


Introduction (section of Report)

Abstract (section of Report)

Peer editing using rubric

Assessment Task 4: Research Report draft and check Turnitin similarity report




Week 16

Draft report meetings

Work on oral presentations

Final report writing session



Proof reading, editing and re-writing a report

Complete Assessment Task 4: Research Report final












Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are not set texts in this course but it is recommended that you bring:

  • Display folder with plastic sleeves
  • Highlighter pens
  • Notebook or loose leaf paper in folder
  • Headphones
  • Dictionary/thesaurus
  • Laptop computer
  • Canvas app on mobile device

Overview of Assessment

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by quizzes, notetaking, summaries and short answer responses, essays and research reports and groupwork. 


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester, in both oral and written form, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 


The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT university student as well as the responsibilities of the university. This can be found on the RMIT University website at:


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:

Assessment Tasks

Summative assessments:


Assessment Task 1:  Group work task and individual short report (Week 4)

You will collaborate in groups to visit Melbourne Museum and learn about one aspect of indigenous culture and produce an individual short written response.

Assessment Task 2: Extended Written Response 1   Draft (Week 6); Final Draft (Week 7)

You will research, plan and draft an expository essay. The draft will be submitted via Turnitin. The final essay will be submitted via Canvas

Assessment Task 3: Extended Written Response 2   Draft (Week 11);  Final  (Week 12)

You will research, plan and draft a discussion essay.  The draft will be submitted via Turnitin. The final essay will be submitted via Canvas

 Assessment Task 4: Research Report     Draft (Week 15); Final  (Week 16)

This task takes place over several weeks and involves researching a current issue. It involves group research using academic texts and writing an individual report identifying the genre, the key facts and discussing the research. The group research involves group meetings, tutorials and academic research using a variety of text types and summarising.

The draft will be submitted via Turnitin. The final report will be submitted via Canvas

Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program. 


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program.

To successfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT

Other Information

Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress

Special consideration policy (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. Extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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