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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

This discipline unit provides students with opportunities to build personal literacy, as well as the knowledge and skills to apply this in professional settings. Content topics will cover: literacy, professional literacy, and academic literacy.

Unit content

Topic 1: Being a successful student

  • Beginning university studies
  • Developing a Growth Mindset
  • Transformational Learning Theory
  • The habits of successful learners
Topic 2: Literacy for all
  • The fundamental concepts of writing

Topic 3: The Literacy demands of the 21st century

  • The magnitude of the global illiteracy problems
  • The pervasive nature of language
  • Literacy in everyday situations
  • The importance of home and community literacy practices
  • Understanding that everyone can be literate
  • Literacy in the 21st century
Topic 4: Professional Literacy – Reading and viewing
  • Literacy in the 21st century
  • What is reading?
  • Research on how the brain learns to read
  • Readability
  • Deep viewing
  • Comprehension
  • Contemporary research evidence

Topic 5: Professional Literacy – Writing

  • Social purpose of writing
  • Text types and genre
  • Writing as an art form
  • Contemporary research evidence
Topic 6: Professional Literacy – Speaking
  • Speaking (oral language)
  • Professional speaking
  • The importance of active listening
  • Contemporary research evidence
Topic 7: Academic Literacy – Reading
  • Scholarly sources
  • Academic genres
  • Finding resources
  • Reading for a purpose
Topic 8: Academic Literacy – Academic Referencing
  • Referencing for academic writing
  • Plagiarism
  • Proofreading
Topic 9: Academic Literacy – Writing Paragraphs and Essays
  • Topic sentences
  • Use of reference points
  • Paragraph structure
  • Essay structure
  • Common direction words
Topic 10: Academic Literacy – Revision and Examination Preparation
  • Examination skills
  • Revision of unit and examination preparation

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate personal literacy competence to the high standard required for professional practice
2 analyse a range of texts for their text structure and language features
3 create a range of texts for a professional context
4 compose short responses displaying academic writing principles.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate personal literacy competence to the high standard required for professional practice
    • GA6:
  2. analyse a range of texts for their text structure and language features
    • GA1:
    • GA6:
  3. create a range of texts for a professional context
    • GA6:
  4. compose short responses displaying academic writing principles.
    • GA1:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.