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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: GEDU5443

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

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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

Cynthia Skruzny

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 purpose 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

  • Theory classes
  • group discussion
  • reading & writing activities
  • listening & speaking activities

Teaching Schedule


Week beginning




6th February


Introduction to course

Library Orientation.

Student email and assignment submission practice.


13th February


Key Reading Skills: Skimming; Scanning; Predicting Word Meaning

Writer’s Purpose & Text Organisation: Main Idea and supporting ideas


20th February

Writer’s Purpose & Text Organisation: Main Idea and supporting ideas Understanding Detail; Graphs & Tables;


27th February


Inferring; Reading Critically; Fact & Opinion;

Propaganda techniques

Oral presentation: article chosen and details submitted on Blackboard


6th March


Reading TEST

Paraphrasing; summarizing; referencing


13th March

Paraphrasing; summarizing; referencing

Oral presentation: materials to be submitted on Blackboard

Start Oral presentations



20th March


Oral presentations

Final submission of Practice worksheets at Office on Level 6 Building 51



27th March


Reading Science Article. Assignment3Due

Feedback on Oral Presentation

Peer Review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks


Assessment task

Due Date




% of final mark


Practice worksheets – submit in class. Final Submission to be with appropriate form at the office on level 6 Building 51

Various – submit for correction the week immediately after distributed in class. Final Submissions 20th March 2017.



Reading test – in class

6th March 2017



Reading comprehension oral presentation

·       Submit chosen article details on blackboard

·       Submit completed templates & presentation materials on Blackboard

·       Presentations given in class



27th February 2017



13th March 2017


13th & 20th March 2017



Reading Science Article Assignment

Submit on Blackboard

27th March


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (presentations and assignments etc.) You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the presentation but fail the assignment component).

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as tests- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination

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