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Foundations of Literacy EDU112


Literacy centres on effectively communicating in ways that are appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose. In a world which is increasingly multimodal and digital, literacy also involves communicating with others using ICTs, multimedia, video, music and other forms appropriate to particular discipline areas. In this unit, you will learn about theories of language and literacy in terms of their implications for teaching and learning, and the literacy demands of various curriculum areas. You will also demonstrate your knowledge of literacy as a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum, which is why all teachers are now considered teachers of literacy.


Unit name Foundations of Literacy
Unit code EDU112
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Ms Emma Rutherford Vale
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic technology skills by creating, manipulating and sharing drawn and digital files.
  • Evaluate designed artefacts and demonstrate knowledge of the historical, cultural and social embeddedness of technologies through object selection and research.
  • Identify a range of pedagogical approaches, and evaluate resources appropriate for design and technology teaching and learning.
  • Consolidate understanding of integration of cross-curriculum components through the development of an integrated learning plan and design challenge.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
070105 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,213.00

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