Course Title: Developing Literacies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Developing Literacies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Naomi WIlks-Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of TCHE2641 Beginning and Early Literacy (Foundation to Year 2)

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 is designed to prepare you to teach and assess literacy in the Primary School. You build on key theories and practices related to literacy development in Years 3-6 and develop the skills required for analysing and assessing students' reading and writing development. The skills and understandings gained in this course will contribute to the ongoing development of your literacy portfolio and demonstrate your ability to make connections between literacy theory and practice.

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 
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts. 
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge  
  • 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

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


AITSL Standards

CLO1. Implement pedagogical strategies for using multimodal texts

2.1, 2.6

CLO2. Design and justify assessment strategies for writing, informed by theory, to inform your literacy teaching practice


CLO3. Make informed judgements about  teaching strategies aligned with contemporary literacy theories

2.1, 2.5, 3.3

CLO4. Identify and justify resources for personal professional literacy learning



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.

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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment tasks

AT1: Analysis of reading assessment data (40%) CLO1

AT2: Quiz of the metalanguage reviewed in readings and tutorials (20%)

AT3: Literacy portfolio (40%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.