Course Title: Learning and Developing Literacies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Learning and Developing Literacies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Robyn Cox

Course Coordinator Phone: By Email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on providing you with knowledge and skills about the teaching of literacy and how it develops. You will be introduced to theoretical frameworks that inform the teaching of reading and writing and explore their interrelationship. You will learn to effectively assess literacy programs. You will also enlarge your repertoire of children’s literature and learn critical ways to select a range of multimodal texts for diverse 21st century learners that can be used to support and extend students’ reading and writing practices.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, demonstrating inclusive, learner focused, evidence-based teaching.
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts.
  • Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.


At the conclusion of this course you will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:




AITSL Standards


Justify choice of text and design of program to engage and build young learners’ literacy capacities

1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.5, 4.1


Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments in literacy assessment and teaching.

1.2, 2.5, 5.1


Evaluate students’ writing skills and design a strategy to develop skills across a range of ability levels.

1.5, 3.2, 5.1, 5.4










Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

There are 2 assessment tasks:  

Title, Words, Weighting

Assessment of Course Learning Outcomes

Assessment of AITSL Standards

AT1 Critical analysis of a textual resource 50%

1, 2

1.2, 1.3, 2.5, 4.1

AT2 Writing analysis and interpretation of  student’s written work 50%

2. 3

2.1, 2.5, 3.2, 5.1, 5.4

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 manager 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: 

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1