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EXC725 - Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

For students enrolled in D303, D304, E760, E763, or E763T

Unit chair:S Groves




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 X 3 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit will enable students to have a clear understanding of the nature of numeracy and literacy. It emphasises that numeracy encompasses not only mathematical concepts and skills (e.g. numerical, spatial, graphical, statistical and algebraic), but also mathematical thinking, general thinking skills, problem solving strategies and the context within which these concepts and skills are to be applied. It features language and literacy as social constructs and addresses theories of reading and writing processes; oral language and its importance in learning; teacher talk and its role in student learning; and second language learning and the second language learner. Teaching, learning and assessment materials from a literacy and numeracy perspective will be critically evaluated, including an examination of the language of texts and genres across different curriculum areas. Students will develop teaching strategies to discern and respond to the inherent literacy and numeracy demands and opportunities across the curriculum. In addition, students will also identify and address the numeracy and literacy demands on teachers in their professional lives in areas such as planning, timetabling, assessment and reporting, and their role in developing a whole school approach to literacy and numeracy.


Assessment 1:

A group presentation that investigates the literacy and numeracy achievement of a small group of participants. The presentation will include strategies to enhance the literacy and numeracy achievement of these participants. The investigation is expected to include reference to the recent literature on key issues for teachers in assessing and addressing student achievement in Literacy and numeracy. (50%)

2500 word equivalent

Assessment 2: A report on a unit of work which purposefully incorporates teaching strategies to address literacy and numeracy demands in the 21st century. A justification and synthesis for adopting these strategies with explicit reference to the current literature is expected. (50%)

2500 word equivalent

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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