Course Title: Developing Literacies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Developing Literacies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Yoshi Budd

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 399257436

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of TCHE2641 Beginning and Early Literacy (Foundation to Year 2)

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare you to teach literacy in the Primary School. In this course you will focus on building on the theories and practices of literacy development in Years 3-6. In particular you will focus on multi-literacies pedagogy and the Four Resources Model (Freebody & Luke 1999). You will develop skills for analysing student writing and for supporting comprehension of text. You will continue the development of your literacy portfolio and demonstrate your developing knowledge and skills in of literacy theory and practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

AITSL Standards

Implement pedagogical strategies for using multimodal texts

2.1, 2.6

Design and justify assessment strategies for writing, informed by theory, to inform your literacy teaching practice


Make informed judgements about  teaching strategies aligned with contemporary literacy theories

2.1, 2.5, 3.3

Identify and justify resources for personal professional literacy learning


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts.
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and develop highly effective classroom teaching skills in an area of specialisation
  • Show commitment to professional learning by being an independent, open-minded, resilient and critically reflective learner, seeking out, learning from constructive feedback and adapting to meet the demands of the profession

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

AT1. A critical analysis of a digital text in terms of its educational value and its links to current theories in the teaching and learning of literacy (25%) CLO1, CLO3

AT2. Identification and justification of three assessment tasks (2 formative and 1 summative) relevant to a given context and writing task (25%) CLO2

AT3. An oral presentation of your literacy portfolio that contains the following elements: reading log, resources, learning and teaching strategies, practised AITSL standards. All elements must be annotated to demonstrate theoretical underpinnings and educational value  (50%) CLO3, CLO4

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 coordinator 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: