EDCU12044 - Literacy and Numeracy for Teachers

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Literacy and Numeracy for Teachers develops students’ personal competence in the content knowledge required to teach literacy and numeracy in primary school settings. In the area of literacy, students learn the components of the clause as the basic unit of meaning in the English grammar system and develop a metalanguage for identifying and describing the language used to express and connect ideas in written text. They apply this knowledge in a series of test situations to identify and use specific grammatical features and to proofread and analyse samples of written language. Personal competence in spelling is also developed in this unit through acquisition and application of the four areas of spelling knowledge to the maintenance of a personal spelling journal throughout the unit. In Numeracy, students participate in a series of challenges that focus on real-world application of mathematical terminology and processes for calculating and using rational numbers, using measurement and displaying and interpreting statistical information. Personal proficiency will be assessed through a test at the completion of the unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. In-class Test(s) 50%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 40.76% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Phone conversations and emails.
Students appreciated the examples provided on Moodle for the Spelling Journal assessment task but would appreciate seeing some more.
Further examples to be added to the Moodle Site.
Action Taken
Additions were made to the Moodle site.
Source: Verbal feedback, emails.
Students indicate that they appreciated the way that the tutors deconstructed the assessment tasks in class and in the Zoom sessions.
Continue to closely align the assessment tasks with the online materials and the tutorial content.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify specific language features and their function in a range of text types using appropriate metalanguage
  2. Apply the conventions of Standard Australian English to construct and proofread written text
  3. Devise strategies for spelling acquisition based on phonological, visual, morphemic and etymological features of vocabulary
  4. Select appropriate operations, formulae and communication strategies and technologies to estimate, calculate and validate solutions to authentic mathematical problems
  5. Display, interpret and make predictions based on given or collected data.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to engage with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus areas of:

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - In-class Test(s)