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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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: C3305 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Geraldine Walton

Nominal Hours: 25

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are none

Course Description

The focus of this unit is on interpreting, and critically analysing complex texts. These include intricate, dense and extended text from a variety of print based and electronic texts. This unit recognises the importance of lifelong learning, and is suitable for those wanting to improve their skills in order to access further study.

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

Details of Learning Activities

In-class discussions
In-class worksheets
In-class group activities/presentations

Teaching Schedule

(week starting)
18 July

Introduction to course
Literacy Diagnostic test

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


215 July
Writer’s Purpose & Text Organisation; Main idea
Library orientation
322 July
Understanding Detail; Graphs & Tables; Inferring
Reading Critically
429 July
Reading Critically / Fact & Opinion
Propaganda techniques
5 August

Reading TEST
Reading comprehension oral presentation

12 August

Reading extension
Reading comprehension oral presentation

719 August
Paraphrasing; summarising; referencing
Reading Science Article.  Assignment
826 August
Reading Science Article. Assignment
Reading comprehension oral presentation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


English Dictionary

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include assignments, reports, tests and oral presentations

Assessment Tasks

Class participation will be observed and will be a consideration in the grading.
Layout and presentation of assessment tasks will be a significant consideration in the grading.
A minimum Pass Grade must be obtained in each of assessment tasks in order to pass this course.
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

In-class worksheets ungraded
Reading Test 30%
Reading comprehension oral presentation 40%
Reading Assignment 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 C3305 Certificate III in Science or contact the Program Co-ordinator, Judi Mc Cann.

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