This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and debate cultural history and theory, and to use those processes to develop individual approaches to creative work.  It applies to individuals working across all cultural sectors. It might also apply to individuals working much more broadly in business and community roles. At this level, the individual mostly works independently, although the research may be guided by others in terms of its scope and objectives.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - select an appropriate research focus and relevant information sources; - analyse complex cultural ideas and information; - develop substantiated opinions to advance professional practice; - participate in informed discussion of cultural history and theory, and; - determine ways to use research in own professional practice. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain criteria for selection of a meaningful individual research focus; - list and describe historical and contemporary sources for cultural research; - explain the characteristics of a 'substantiated opinion or idea'; - explain in detail the value of cultural history and theory to contemporary practice, and; - explain how intellectual property issues and legislation relates to the research process.

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