Course Title: Learning and Developing Literacies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Learning and Developing Literacies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Pam Macintyre

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7862

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on providing you with knowledge and skills about the teaching of literacy and how it develops. You will be introduced to theoretical frameworks that inform the teaching of reading and writing and explore their interrelationship. You will learn to effectively assess literacy programs. You will also enlarge your repertoire of children’s literature and learn critical ways to select a range of multimodal texts for diverse 21st century learners that can be used to support and extend students’ reading and writing practices.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Your learning in this course is focused on development of the following program level capabilities:

  • Professionally communicate with specialist and nonspecialist audiences, as producers and consumers of knowledge, about philosophical and pedagogical propositions, processes and outcomes
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in education
  • Engage with complex bodies of knowledge and multiple professional skills in order to contribute to your professional identity and career within contemporary contexts.

At the conclusion of this course you will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on and apply contemporary literacy theories and practices
  • Build and justify a repertoire of literature (print and non-print based) for primary school readers and writers
  • Develop and refine skills in reading and writing strategies for primary students
  • Develop criteria to select and critically analyse literature
  • Critically analyse the interrelationship between reading and writing.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

There are 2 assessment tasks: 

AT1: Critical analysis of a textual resource 50% Assessment of AITSL Standards 1, 2 1.2, 1.3, 2.5, 4.1

AT2: Writing analysis and interpretation of a student’s written work 50% Assessment of AITSL Standards2, 3 2.1, 2.5, 3.2, 5.1, 5.4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: 


The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1