EDCU20036 - Literacy Learning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Effective language and literacy instruction is central to primary school students' learning in English and in all other areas of the school curriculum. This unit aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that contribute to successful teaching and learning of language and literacy in primary schools. The unit addresses the broad areas of early literacy learning and the middle years of schooling. The approach is grounded in theoretical perspectives that seek to provide balanced and explicit instruction about language and literacy practices, and knowledge of texts that are central to those. Specifically, students in the unit will be required to demonstrate effective assessment and instruction of language and literacy, planning of literacy lessons, and development of a unit of work that addresses the diversity of needs of primary school students in 21st Century classrooms.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite EDCU20037 Numeracy Learning

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Online Test 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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.

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Portfolio assessment task requires more explanation and support
Provide further elaboration on Moodle site and during zoom sessions for portfolio assessment.
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Further support for assessment tasks provided on Moodle and through zoom sessions.
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Moodle site is difficult to navigate in some sections
Update navigation of the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Navigation updated.
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Textbook supports learning.
Retain textbook
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Assessment tasks have relevance for classroom practice.
Retain assessment tasks
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More support for completing running record proformas.
Provide an example of running record proformas.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Illustrate a range of teaching strategies that provide explicit and balanced literacy instruction
  2. Delineate literacy practices for early language and literacy instruction and those appropriate for primary students at other levels of literacy learning
  3. Determine and teach purpose, structure and features of a range of texts including print-based and digital
  4. Conduct assessment activities to determine specific language and literacy learning needs of a diverse range of learners and to monitor their progress
  5. Plan and program language and literacy instruction across the primary school curriculum for diverse groups of learners including sequences that explicitly addresses identified needs and or enhance reading practice
  6. Identify, articulate and evaluate the ways their knowledge of literacy instruction addresses professional standards for teachers
  7. Apply personal competence in literacy

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

5.1 Assess student learning

5.4 Interpret student data

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Online Test