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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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


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
• Oral report


Teaching Schedule


11 Feb

Literacy Diagnostic Test

Outline Key Reading Skills.
Skimming; Scanning; Predicting Word Meaning

218 FebWriter’s Purpose & Text Organisation; Main idea
325 FebUnderstanding Detail; Graphs & Tables; Inferring
44 MarchReading Critically / Fact & Opinion
511 March

Propaganda techniques
Critical Reading
Reading comprehension oral presentation

18 March

Reading Test
Reading comprehension oral presentation

725 March

Paraphrasing; summarising; referencing
Reading comprehension oral presentation

  Mid Semester Break - Thurs 28/3-Weds 3-4
71 AprilReading Science Article - Assignment
Reading comprehension oral presentation
88 AprilReading Science Article -  Assignment
Reading comprehension oral presentation

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

Reading Test 30%
Reading comprehension oral presentation 30%
Reading Assignment 40%

Assessment Matrix

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