Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nicola Johnson (Gippsland); Dr Ibrahim Latheef (Peninsula)


This unit addresses the range of linguistic and literate demands on young children in contemporary Australia. Within a framework of multiliteracies, students reconceptualise literacy to encompass systems of symbolic representation such as oral, written, disciplinary, artistic, technological, environmental, emotional and social literacies. Students explore ways of analysing and extending children's representational capacities.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify how children make meaning through their participation and use of semiotic systems in a variety of social contexts
  2. describe and critique key curriculum principles for supporting the development of children's multi-literacy skills
  3. plan and implement ways to enhance children's use of a range of modes of communication
  4. implement teaching strategies to extend children's access to technological literacies.


Working with multimodal texts (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Planning assignment (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours on campus contact per week
  • 1 hour online contact per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning

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