What is a Documentary

A documentary is a broad term to describe a non-fiction movie that in some way “documents” or captures reality.

Documentaries are often used to reveal an unusual, interesting or unknown angle.

“Documentaries bring viewers into new worlds and experiences through the presentation of factual information about real people, places, and events, generally — but not always — portrayed through the use of actual images and artifacts. But factuality alone does not define documentary films; it’s what the filmmaker does with those factual elements, weaving them into an overall narrative that strives to be as compelling as it is truthful and is often greater than the sum of its parts.”

–Sheila Curran Bernard, Author of Documentary Storytelling

 

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Sample Assessment Task

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Task

Create a documentary on a self-selected topic that is relevant to the broad content of the subject and is relevant to your future profession.  The documentary should be an original presentation by the student investigating the chosen topic, with an approximate length of 15 minutes (give or take 2 minutes) submitted with a 250 – 500 word document noting key points presented/investigated/discussed and a complete reference list that conforms to CSU’s referencing and style guidelines
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CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand the use and structure of appropriate language in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication

Evaluates how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication.

Uses examples to analyse the effectiveness of language and structures to meet the needs of the context.

Proposes and justifies what structures and language would be most effective in a designated context.

Compares and contrasts how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication.

Uses examples to analyse the effectiveness of language and structures to meet the needs of the context.

Explains how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication Describes how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication Does not describe how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills necessary to understand and interpret information and communicate effectively according to the context Critically selects, evaluates, and structures ideas in a format that engages and informs the reader/listener through a well-articulated discussion supported by a wide range of relevant and credible sources Selects, analyses, synthesizes, and structures ideas in a format that engages and informs the reader/listener through a clear discussion supported by a range of relevant and credible sources Selects, applies, and structures ideas in a format that provides the reader/listener with clear and accurate information supported by relevant and credible sources Gathers, interprets, and presents relevant and credible information supported by relevant and credible sources in a structure and format appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context Does not gather, interpret, or present relevant and credible information supported by relevant and credible sources in a structure and format appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate the skills required to locate, access and critically evaluate existing information and data

Search wide range of relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Evaluate the merit of the source/information based on the differences and similarities between the different information and source. Justify evaluation through use of additional sources.

Search wide range of relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Evaluate the merit of the source/information based on the differences and similarities between the different information and sources.

Search relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Explain the importance of the differences and similarities between the different information sources.

Search relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Describe the differences and similarities between the different information sources.

Has not searched relevant articles or described the differences and similarities between different information sources.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Synthesize and apply information and data to different contexts to facilitate planning, problem solving and decision making

Identify current information and data relevant to the discipline.

Synthesises information and data to create ways to plan, problem solve and make decisions. Generates examples of situations where the information and data can be applied to plan, problem solve and make decisions within different contexts of the discipline

Identify current information and data relevant to the discipline.

Analyse the information and data to discuss how information can be applied  to plan, problem solve and make decisions in different contexts

Identify current information and data relevant to the discipline.

Combine information and data and explain how it applies to the discipline to plan, solve problems and make decisions.

Identify current information and data relevant to the discipline.

Describe the application of information and data to make decisions within the discipline

Does not identify current information and data relevant to the discipline or describe the application of information and data to make decisions within the discipline
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Use, create, communicate and share multi-modal information in digital environments. Uses a variety of digital settings/workspaces to create ways to communicate multi-modal information from multiple sources that support each other. Uses digital elements to link related aspects together and is enhanced with digital elements such as graphics, effects, web links and additional elements. Uses multiple digital settings/workspaces to communicate multi-modal information in different manners that combine together. Enhances communication with elements such as titles,graphics, web links, effects to link presentation. Combines digital settings/workspaces to communicate and share multi modal information, enhanced with basic effects (such as titles, web links) Use given digital setting/workspace to communicate and share multi-modal information in a digital environment. Does not use appropriate digital settings/workspace, information not communicated to the level of a pass.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology to select, create and share information and participate in online learning, professional and social communities.

Identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Controlled disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are appropriate.

Evaluate what is appropriate online content to online learning, professional and social communities by reflecting on examples

Creates a personal philosophy to ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology in online content, using examples to justify their reasoning.

Identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Controlled disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are appropriate.

Analyse the impact that online content can have on individuals, professional and personally, using examples. Argues the importance of using appropriate online content in online learning, professional and social communities.

Identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Controlled disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are appropriate.

Explains the importance of  appropriate online content to ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology in online learning, professional and social communities, and how it can impact on personal and professional image.

Identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Controlled disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are appropriate.

Describes decisions about appropriate online content to ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology  in online learning, professional and social communities.

Does not identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Does not control disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are not appropriate.

Does not describe decisions about appropriate online content to ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology  in online learning, professional and social communities.

Example drawn from ENM433

Resources

https://www.desktop-documentaries.com/what-is-a-documentary.html