Textual Resources Across the Curriculum

Subject EDUC90681 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

October, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


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Subject Overview:

This subject’s primary focus will be on the reading and writing demands of schooling across the curriculum; a secondary focus will be on developing the teacher participants’ theoretical knowledge of language and textuality so they will have the tools to analyse and articulate the literacy demands made by particular disciplines and particular texts. Topics will include: the elements of language; the importance of a common metalanguage; analysing generic structures; subject area discourses; visual literacy; interpreting graphs, diagrams and tables; matching resources to student needs; matching resources to learning styles; accessing internet resources; critical evaluation of resources.


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

  • Analyse the literacy demands of subjects across the school curriculum, including
    -Generic structures
    -Construction of visual texts;
  • Use a standard metalanguage for describing written and spoken language;
  • Find and develop appropriate resources to support students’ literacy learning.

Two assignments, one of 2,000 words or equivalent, due halfway through the subject (40%), the other of 3,000 words or equivalent, due approximately two weeks after the last class (60%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

This subject aims to develop skills in

  • Understanding language and its uses;
  • Using theoretical frameworks to improve one’s professional practice;
  • Articulating knowledge orally and in writing.
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150)
Master of Literacy

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