This unit is about building students’ skills and knowledge in accessing and understanding texts they will encounter in their pathways and lives beyond school. It is about helping students learn where different texts can be found and how to extract the information they need from them. It is encouraging students to look beyond the internet to find and access information, and to think about why the texts has been created and for who. It is about building student confidence and awareness of the paths ahead of them to be informed and capable citizens.
This unit is also about creating and responding to the texts they will encounter; not being passive about the information but being proactive in sharing and reflecting on what has been learnt. It is looking at the different ways we respond to texts and how we can do this effectively. For instance, we can respond in oral and written forms. Students also learn how to create informational, organisational and procedural texts. This is done by applying the writing process and improving their literacy skills.In this example, Outcomes 1 and 2 have been assessed together because students are introduced to activities that meet Outcome 1 and then they apply what they have learnt to meet Outcome 2. If it suits the teacher better, the outcomes could be taught over a term each.
Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each units learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.
The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VU Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.
This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.