Unit description

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: Language and standards

  • Nature and role of English as a language of communication for participation in society, through reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and representing experiences, ideas and values
  • Study of the English language and how it is manipulated to meet higher-order social, aesthetic and cultural literacy demands
  • Children’s language, and metacognition of language-learning

Topic 2: Literacy across various content areas – Writing

  • Social purpose of texts
  • Genre approaches
  • Explicit construction and support

Topic 3: Literacy across various content areas – Reading

  • Accessibility
  • Modifications to readability
  • Shared, guided and independent strategies

Topic 4: Professional Literacy – Reading

  • Professional articles
  • Policy documents
  • Media presentations

Topic 5: Professional Literacy – Listening

  • Whole-workplace announcements
  • Client interviews
  • Media presentations

Topic 6: Professional Literacy – Writing

  • Report texts
  • Newsletter texts
  • Incident report texts

Topic 7: Professional Literacy – Speaking

  • Whole-workplace announcements
  • Staff meeting contributions
  • Community events

Topic 8: Academic Literacy – Reading

  • Evaluation skills
  • Reading for a purpose
  • Note-taking skills
  • Referencing of notes

Topic 9: Academic Literacy – Writing

  • Text structure
  • Use of referenced points
  • Paragraph structure
  • Coherence of response

Topic 10: Review of Language, Grammar, and ICT

  • Spelling and ICT
  • Grammar and ICT
  • Plagiarism and ICT

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 3

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Structured online learning NA (Self paced)
Exam: closed bookSR

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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