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ALL708 - The Picture Book: Reading and Writing


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Paul Venzo


Incompatible with:

ALL408, ALL608

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Burwood Campus: 1 x 3-hour seminar in weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent


Students will study the picture-book from an aesthetic and semiotic perspective, considering the ways in which visual and verbal text interact to produce various kinds of meaning. Nineteenth and early twentieth-century illustrated books are discussed in relation to their artistic and literary contexts, leading to a focus on recent and contemporary picture books. Students will be given the option of writing a picture-book text and will receive instruction in this form of writing.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Analyse picture books in relation to their ideologies and visual/verbal strategies

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop a clear, coherent and sustained argument

GLO2: Communication


Create a picture book text and picture book design

GLO2: Communication


Deploy analytical strategies appropriate to literary studies and semiotics

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Work collaboratively in a group to produce book reviews

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay 2000 words or equivalent 40% Week 5
Assessment 2 Group of 2-4 students - Book reviews 1000 words or equivalent 20% Week 9
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Picture-book text or essay 2000 words or equivalent 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL708 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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