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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: GEDU5443

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

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

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

Marjorie Furlan

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 text 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 analyse
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

• Lectures
• Class Discussions
• Reading Activities
• Worksheets
• Oral report


Teaching Schedule


Week beginning




8 February

Introduction to course
Library Orientation


15 February


Literacy Diagnostic test?
Outline Key Reading Skills
Skimming; Scanning; Predicting Word Meaning
Writer’s Purpose & Text Organisation: Main Idea


22 February

Understanding Detail; Graphs & Tables; Inferring; Reading Critically; Fact & Opinion; Propaganda techniques


29 February


Reading Revision
Reading TEST
Oral presentation: article details due


7 March


Paraphrasing; summarizing; referencing
Oral presentation: materials due
Start Oral presentations


14 March

No Class

Public Holiday

** Class rescheduled to 31st March



21 March


Oral presentations



**PH rescheduled class

28 March


31 March


Mid Semester Break (No Class)


Reading Science Article. AssignmentDue
Feedback on Oral Presentation
Peer Review


4 April


Assignment feedback
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


Weighting: % of final mark


In-class worksheets




Reading test

29th February



Reading comprehension oral presentation

  • Hand in chosen Article details
  • Hand in/email completed templates & presentation materials
  • Presentations given


29th February
7th March

7th & 21st March



Reading Assignment

31st 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 exams- 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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