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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Ms Joanne Quick



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit recognises the complex literate demands placed on students due to technological advancements, an increasingly globalised world, diverse classroom contexts, and the importance literacy plays in learning, employment and community participation. It explores the multimodal nature of texts and the variety of modes that are used to create meaning in complex ways. Students explore conceptual frameworks and theoretical ideas to help them read, design and create new texts using a range of new technologies.


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

  1. develop a sound understanding of the roles and functions of literacy and multi-literacies as a means by which individuals think, learn and communicate in the twenty-first century
  2. develop techniques for the analysis and critique of multimodal texts
  3. develop a knowledge of the changing nature of literacy with reference to emerging technologies
  4. explore new and complex ways for creating and designing texts using a variety of semiotic systems
  5. explore and apply theoretical models that support the development of multimodal texts.


Essay (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Multimodal text (group or individual task) (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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