Course Title: Planning for Literacy Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Planning for Literacy Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Carri Thatcher

Course Coordinator Phone: n/a

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course extends your knowledge of teaching and assessing language and literacy. You will use student data to assess and plan for students with diverse learning needs. Assessment tasks are designed to extend your understanding of the ways in which assessment supports planning and teaching of literacy. You will also learn what resources you can use for ongoing professional learning to support literacy teaching across curriculum areas, aligned with government initiatives in Victoria and Australia.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • 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.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:


 Course Learning Outcome    AITSL Standards
1 Extend knowledge and critical assessment of contemporary issues and current programs in language and literacy education.   1.1, 1.2, 2.1 
 2  Apply research skills to evaluate student data to determine and report on children's literacy learning needs and suitable assessment strategies to support literacy development for a full range of student abilities, background and contexts   1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.5, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5
 3  Apply knowledge of curriculum materials, literacy teaching resources and pedagogical approaches, to analyse student data and plan for children's literacy learning, in particular, in reading and writing  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 5.1, 5.4
 4  Assess the impacts of literacy learning resources including information communication technology (ICT) and teacher s' professional learning sources, on children's learning. 2.6, 6.2, 6.4


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as workshops, tutorials, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.


There are 2 assessment tasks:


Title, Words, Weighting

Assessment of Course Learning Outcomes

Assessment of AITSL


AT1: Learning Needs Assessment and Reporting 50%

1, 3, 4

1.1, 1.2, 1.3,

5.1, 5.4, 5.5


AT2: Learning Plan 50%


2, 3, 4

1.2, 1.5, 2.1,

2.2, 2.5, 3.1,

3.2, 3.4, 6.4