RELG20002 - Foundational Religious Texts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, students build comprehensive understanding of teachers’ pedagogical roles in the teaching of religious concepts and understandings through the use of scripture. They build professional knowledge of interpretive approaches to religious foundational texts that make their meaning accessible to and relevant for contemporary learners. Students reflect on the guidance provided by official Church documents to apply reading frameworks that situate texts within their historical and social context and acknowledge the literary approaches used by the original authors to convey Christian messages that underpin the religion curriculum in schools. Students design resources and select and justify teaching strategies for use in classroom contexts as the basis for promoting learners' understandings and inclusive access to the meaning of narrative texts that explain religious experience and beliefs.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

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 50%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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: Student evaluations
Knowledgeable and very supportive tutor
Continue to provide engaging tutorials
Action Taken
Teaching staff with knowledge of the content were retained for this unit offering
Source: Students evaluations
Excellent learning resources
Retain and update resources as required
Action Taken
Resources were maintained and enhanced throughout the term to provide students with up-to-date and engaging materials that supported their professional learning
Source: Student evaluations
Thorough scaffolding of all assessment and content
Maintain scaffolding and support for assessment tasks
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply interpretive approaches to develop an exegesis of a foundational text that facilitates the teaching of religion.
  2. Design resources that actively engage learners in Catholic primary schools in understanding key content of the religion curriculum.
  3. Defend the selection and use of teaching strategies that make the messages of religious foundational texts accessible for contemporary learners from a diverse range of backgrounds
  4. Critically reflect on the support provided by official Church documents and Biblical commentaries as a source of professional learning for teachers that improve pedagogical practice and implementation of the religion curriculum in schools.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment