Course Title: Literacy, Literature and Community Programs

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Literacy, Literature and Community Programs

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LIBR1024

City Campus

Postgraduate

620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

LIBR1024

City Campus

Postgraduate

620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

LIBR1025

City Campus

Undergraduate

620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr. Paul Mercieca

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5825

Course Coordinator Email: paul.mercieca@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Study in this course will be based around three areas of service design and delivery for communities. You will be introduced to the ideas, principles and practice of developing education for literacy. Information agencies, particularly libraries are involved in developing innovative programs that support a diverse client base and organizational imperatives. You will investigate the variety and purpose of programs and relate these to client needs and the use of appropriate tools and resources. As reading programs are an important part of this service delivery, you will be given opportunities to reflect on your own reading practices and history as a starting point for investigating readers’ advisory strategies and planning reading programs.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1.   Apply reflective processes to the understanding and provision of literacy / programs.

2.   Apply the basic concepts of early literacy to the services and client activities of an information agency.

3.   Design a program for a selected audience which is underpinned by theoretical concepts and current practice.

4.   Identify, use and apply appropriate reading practices to readers advisory services.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course work will comprise a mix of lecture, tutor discussion and class exercises, as well as guest speakers and visits (where possible) to appropriate events or places. There will be some

set readings that will form the basis of class exercises, as well  as an expectation that students will read widely from the available literature in early literacy, public programming and the literature for

children and young adults.

Activities will include:

•      Explanation and illustration of key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures, seminars or online notes with opportunities to discuss their use in case studies during tutorials and group discussions (including online forums).

•      Opportunities to develop appropriate resources and critiques of programmes to enhance the promotion of reading and literacy for young people

•      Opportunities to integrate experiences from other contexts, particularly examining your reading history and critical frameworks in response to identified needs of specific communities.

 

Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in professional reading of relevant educational literature. Lists of appropriate texts and resources for identifying appropriate reading will be made available on the course website and will be supplemented by reading material discussed in classes and made available through online forums and course notes. RMIT University will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will have access to course materials through the course website, including lecture notes, reading guides, videos, a detailed study program and external web links.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks mapped against the learning outcomes.

•      Assessment Task1: 30% 

Linked CLOs: 1; 2

•      Assessment Task 2: 30%

Linked CLOs: 1; 4

•      Assessment Task 3: 40%

Linked CLOs: 1; 3

 

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.