Course Title: Deepening Literacy Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Deepening Literacy Practices

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Susan Rook

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses 
Successful completion of course 053054 TCHE2645 Learning Through Literature

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

This course focuses on deepening your knowledge of the Writing Mode. You will develop and refine your knowledge in the skills and strategies involved in the writing process, spelling (phonics, word study) and grammar. You will choose one area of the Writing Mode to research and develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice.  You will develop and deliver professional learning in Literacy to colleagues. You will apply your expert literacy pedagogical and content knowledge by planning and teaching a sequence of lessons in the classroom.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education  
  • Critically analyse and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across a range of disciplines, reflecting a graduate level of proficiency in teaching  
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and develop highly effective classroom teaching skills in an area of specialisation 
  • Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice 
  • Show commitment to professional learning by being an independent, open-minded, resilient and critically reflective learner, seeking out, learning from constructive feedback and adapting to meet the demands of the profession 
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts. 

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


AITSL Standards

1. Extend your personal and professional knowledge of pertinent processes, skills and strategies for writing, spelling and grammar.

2.1, 2.5

2. Critically analyse and review contemporary literacy theory and practice related to writing

2.1 2.5

3. Apply contemporary literacy theories and practices, and knowledge of curriculum and assessment to plan an effective sequence of learning and teaching to support implementation of the writing curriculum

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 5.1

4. Apply effective literacy teaching strategies in the classroom


5. Evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of your teaching program


6. Use your knowledge of the writing process to design professional learning resources to share with colleagues

6.2, 6.3


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection. It will also involve a site based experience.

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended Texts:

Hornsby, D. & Wilson, L. (2011). Teaching phonics in context. Port Melbourne: Pearson.

Wing Jan, L. (2015). Write Ways (4th Ed). Victoria, Australia: Oxford University Press

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.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks:

AT1: Instruction Analysis and Learning Design; 50%, CLO1, CLO 2 

Design and implement a sequence of lessons for a selected grade level to develop students’ deep understanding of literacy learning in the chosen area.

AT2: Literacy leadership - Professional Learning for Colleagues; 50%, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6

Develop and deliver a short professional learning session for colleagues.

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 coordinator 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.