Course Title: Apply essential further study skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2022

Course Code: GEDU6187

Course Title: Apply essential further study skills

School: 535T Social Care and Health

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4059

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Melanie Kyle

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 study and participate effectively in a tertiary learning environment.

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 one other unit on the same day. This cluster will have a minimum of 5 hours Directed Study per week (two hours of Directed Study Required and three hours of Directed Study Recommended). 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.  An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Modules section on Canvas. 

Examples of how you will practice and study the units: 

You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context. You will: 

  • read academic texts  
  • study current issues  
  • research skills 

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include extended written responses such as academic essays and research reports. You will: 

  • learn to locate and record references used 
  • learn about research for essay 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. 


  • collaborative working strategies 
  • learning relationships 

All students will have an induction into RMIT. The induction includes: 

  • Induction Booklet available on Canvas 
  • Orientation to RMIT Libraries 

Teaching Schedule

Course Dates: Monday 7 February 2022 – Friday 10 June 

Mid semester break: Thursday 14 April - Wednesday 20 April 

Public Holidays:

14 March Labour Day public holiday 

25 April Anzac Day public holiday 

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. 






Week 1 

Reading and comprehension 

  • Introduction to CANVAS with Overview of Cluster 1 course: check Syllabus, Assignments, Modules and Induction Booklet
  • Efficient reading strategies
  • Read short story and answer comprehension questions
  • Complete  Learning Activity: Introduce Yourself on Canvas - due Week 2
  • Introduce Assessment Task 1: Access, Read and Understand Academic Texts  


E 3

VU21881 E 1

Week 2 

Investigate tertiary learning environments


  • Investigate tertiary learning environments ie. lecture/tutorial/practical/assessment
  • Learn about main expectations of students doing tertiary studies
  • Benefits of peer reviewing or peer evaluations
  • Learning strategies to maximise student learning
  • Note taking skills
  • Assessment Task 1: complete Part 1



E 1

VU21881 E 1

Week 3 


 Investigate RMIT library services  



  • RMIT Library services presentation: main services offered by the RMIT library, main sources of information available in this library & brief introduction to using Library Search catalogue
  • Assessment Task 1: complete Part 2

VU22648- E 1 


E 1, 2

Week 4 

Read & analyse a range of complex texts    

  • Review academic reading strategies
  • Read & analyse a range of complex texts for the following: context/purpose, structure, language
  • Assessment Task 1: Access, Read and Understand Academic Texts - submit full task to Canvas Week 4

VU22648- E 1 

VU21881 –E 3

Week 5 

 Investigate the requirements of academic essays

  • Introduce Assessment Task 2: Extended Written Response (Essay)
  • Investigate the requirements of academic essays
  • Purpose of academic referencing 
  • RMIT Harvard Referencing skills
  • Start reading texts related to essay topic - provided by teacher
  • Assessment Task 2: complete Part 1 

VU22648- E 3



E 3, 4 

Week 6 

Paragraph Writing 


  • Paragraph structure
  • Topic sentences
  • Paragraph unity and coherence
  • Complex Sentences
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Continue reading texts related to essay topic

VU22648- E 3 


VU21881 -E 3,4 

Week 7 

Research & Evaluating credibility of research

  • Anatomy of a website
  • Review library research techniques
  • Academic research using relevant websites and/or RMIT Library to find at least 1 new text related to essay topic 
  • Review note-taking, paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Evaluating credibility of research: credibility, bias, currency, suitability
  • Assessment Task 2: complete Parts 2 & 3 



E 3 

Week 8 


Essay Planning 

  • Synthesizing and reporting verbs 
  • Design and create an essay plan
  • How to write an effective introduction 
  • Start writing draft essay 
  • Assessment Task 2: submit Part 4 essay plan for teacher feedback



E 3,4


E 3, 4

Week 9 

Essay Writing 

  • Continue writing draft essay (Assessment Task 2: Part 5)
  • Essay self-editing (use checklist in Appendix 5)
  • Assessment Task 2: Extended Written Response (Essay) - DRAFT Essay and Parts 1 - 4  due Week 9



E 3,4


E 3, 4

Week 10 

Essay proofreading & editing


  • Final essay and editing (Assessment Task 2: Part 6)
  • Draft essay feedback sessions
  • Proof reading, editing and rewriting essay
  • Investigate requirements of academic reports


E 3,4,5


Week 11

 Investigate requirements of academic reports

  • Introduce Assessment Task 3: Research Report & complete Part 1 - Requirements of an academic report
  • Assessment Task 2: Extended Written Response (Essay) FINAL Essay due Week 11




Week 12 


Report Structure & Language 


  • Report structure and language
  • Review academic references
  • Brainstorm topics for research report
  • Group meetings to prepare for tutorials
  • Research using relevant websites and/or RMIT Library to find at least 1  text related to report topic 
  • Create questions and facilitate a tutorial discussion 
  • Assessment Task 3: complete Parts 2 & 3





Week 13 

Report Planning  



  • Reading, note-taking and summarizing  
  • Write Findings section of Report 
  • Interpreting Figures & Tables, data, graphs statistics
  • Assessment Task 3 -  Part 4: Plan report




Week 14 

Report Writing


  • Review paraphrasing & synthesising
  • Write Discussion section of Report
  • Review in text citations & reporting verbs
  • Review reference lists
  • Assessment Task 3: write Draft Report



Week 15 

Report Writing

  • How to write an Abstract & Conclusion
  • Finish writing draft report
  • Review reference lists and in text citations
  • Assessment Task 3: submit DRAFT Report to Canvas and check Turnitin similarity report




Week 16 

Final Report Writing 



  • Edit and proofread draft report ready to submit to Canvas by the end of Week 16
  • Assessment Task 3: Research Report - FINAL Report due Week 16 



 Week 17 

  Assessment re-submissions

  Assessment resubmissions; finalise assessment 


Week 18 

Finalise assessments

Assessment resubmissions and finalise assessment results

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course but it is recommended that you bring:

  • Laptop computer
  • Headphones & microphone
  • Access to Canvas 
  • Display folder with plastic sleeves 
  • Highlighter pens 
  • Notebook or loose leaf paper in folder 
  • Dictionary/thesaurus 
  • 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

Assessment Task 1:  Access, Read and Understand Academic Texts - Full task (Week 4)

In this assessment task, students will learn about tertiary learning environments, visit the RMIT Library as well as read and analyze a range of complex texts.  

Assessment Task 2: Extended Written Response (Essay)  - Draft (Week 9); Final (Week 11)

In this assessment task, students will be provided an essay topic which will require students to evaluate the research, take notes from relevant academic texts and create an essay plan before writing and editing an academic essay.   

Assessment Task 3: Research Report - Draft (Week 15); Final  (Week 16)

In this assessment task, students will work in groups 3-4 to plan, research and discuss a complex issue in Australia. Then each student will produce an individual report using the shared research texts. 

Formative assessment may also be used: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

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

Assessment Appeals, Reasonable Adjustment and Extensions 

Students can appeal assessment decisions using these forms:   

Students may be able to access reasonable adjustment such as an extension of time or a smaller group if appropriate. Students should contact the assessor at least one week prior to the assessment if they wish to be considered for reasonable adjustment. 

Assessment Matrix

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 as assessed in the assessment tasks. 

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or program coordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on Canvas. 

Other Information


This course will be delivered using a blended approach; face to face classes and online, synchronous 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 may be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and the Program Coordinator. These 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: 

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

Recognition of Prior Learning​/RCC/Credit Transfer

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) and/or Credit Transfer may be available depending on your previous work and life experiences, formal, informal or non formal learning, completed accredited qualification/s ​or completed units. Please discuss this with the Program Coordinator.

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