Course Title: Engage with a range of complex texts for learning purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: GEDU5443

Course Title: Engage with a range of complex texts for learning purposes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Judith McCann

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99258366

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Geraldine Walton - Teacher

Nominal Hours: 25

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course will be run in conjunction with GEDU 5444 - Create a range of complex texts for learning purposes.

Course Description

The focus of this course is on developing the reading skills required for further education. Its emphasis is on gaining the knowledge to interpret and critically analyse complex texts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU157 Engage with a range of complex texts for learning purposes


1 Select a range of complex texts for learning purposes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Learner’s purposes for engaging with texts are clarified
1.2 A range of complex texts is located
1.3 Texts relevant to learner’s learning purposes are chosen


2 Review selected texts for learning purposes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Purpose of the text is interpreted
2.2 Features of texts are analysed
2.3 Reading strategies are used to interpret key ideas and supporting information in texts
2.4 Texts are evaluated for relevance and quality of content


3 Critically interpret a range of texts for learning purposes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 A range of texts for learning purposes are analysed
3.2 Similarities and / or differences are discussed
3.3 Judgements about the usefulness of the texts are discussed

Learning Outcomes

This is a competency based program

Details of Learning Activities

  • Lectures
  • Class Discussions
  • Reading Activities
  • Worksheets

Teaching Schedule

WeekWeek BeginningTopic
1.Feb 7thIntroduction to course
Library Orientation
Literacy Test
Outline Key Reading Skills.
Skimming; Scanning; Predicting
2.Feb 14thWord Meaning; Writer’s Purpose & Text Organisation; Main ideas
3.Feb 21st

Understanding Detail; Graphs & Tables

Reading Development

4.Feb 28th

Inferring; Reading Critically

Reading Development



Reading Development / Reading difficult material

6.Mar 14thParaphrasing and summarising; Referencing
7.Mar 21stReading Science Article Assignment
8.Mar 28thReading Science Article Assignment
9.April 4thAssignment & worksheets to be completed and submitted

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

English dictionary - see teacher for details


English Thesaurus. See teacher for details.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

1. In-class Worksheets 

2. Reading Test 

3. Reading Assignment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks:
Engage in a Range of Complex Texts

A pass must be obtained in all 3 tasks in order to pass this course.

Number                                    Assessment                         Issued Week                              Due Week                            Assessment weighting _ % of final mark 

1.                                               In-class Worksheets                 Weekly                                        Weekly                                                40

2.                                               Test                                                   5                                                   5                                                      30

3.                                               Reading Assignment                     7                                                   9                                                      30

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

For information on late submission of work or absence on the day of assessment, please go to the Program site on the Learning Hub for C3209 Certificate III in Science or contact the Program Co-ordinator, Judi Mc Cann.

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