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EDV3551 Vocational and Workplace Literacies

Semester 1, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ

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Examiner: Shirley O'Neill
Moderator: Catherine Arden


Vocational and workplace literacies have become increasingly important as people move from school to further study and/or work and need to become lifelong learners if they are to be successful in our now globalised, knowledge-based, information rich world. There is also a broad diversity of people studying and/or working in all education sectors such that communities include members from a range of language and socio-cultural backgrounds and communication styles. With regard to those who have English as a second language (ESL) all participants need to understand their respective cultures, and develop intercultural literacy if communication is to be effective. Overall, the need to acquire, continually update as well as learn new skills for job survival places greater demands on people in their need to be successful in their personal, civic and working lives. At the core of this is the necessity for all citizens to be adequately prepared for effective participation in formal learning environments, in their workplaces and in their communities. This means that all pathways to vocational qualifications and workplace learning contexts should embed the necessary vocational and literacies' learnings including English as second language (ESL) and provide opportunities for participants to develop the knowledge and skills they require for successful citizenship, with regard to English language, literacy, numeracy (LLN) and information communications technologies (ICTs).


This course will develop awareness and understanding of the scope and depth of literacy skills that impact on learning and work in contemporary society. It considers current literature on the nature and impact of literacy demands on learners and workers and identifies the issues involved in the context of today's complex and diverse learning and work contexts. Skills will be developed in the analysis of literacy competencies that underpin relevant jobs and identification of how they are reflected in industry training packages. The focus includes providing teachers/trainers with the knowledge and skill to particularly plan for and support the English language, literacy, numeracy (LLN), English as a second language (ESL) and information communications technologies (ITC) needs of learners in vocational and workplace environments; implement workplace literacy audits; and develop effective strategies for teaching and assessment as well as program evaluation and review. The course assessment allows for some flexibility to accommodate the wide range of teaching and training contexts in which students in the course may be involved. Assessment allows students to link their project work to their particular education or work environment.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical appreciation of the changing breadth and depth of competencies required in the workforce and in learning (Critical Review and Project; Professional Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.6, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5, 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2)
  2. identify and discuss contemporary views, research and issues relating to literacy capabilities and socio-cultural influences and socio-economic impacts on learners (Critical Review and Project; Professional Standards 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 6.3, 7.2)
  3. understand and address the job-related LLN and ITC demands in teaching and instructional practices (Critical Review and Project; Professional Standards 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1, 5.3, 6.4)
  4. develop and use appropriate assessment procedures to assess specific competencies and workplace tasks (Project; Professional Standards 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 5.1, 5.3, 5.5)
  5. design strategies to support the LLN and ICT needs of adolescent and/or adult learners in competency-based training and/or school and the workplace (Project; Professional Standards 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 3.3, 3.4, 4.4)
  6. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (Critical Review and Project; Professional Standard 3.2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Defining vocational and workplace literacies 10.00
2. Contemporary views, issues and practices relating to the development of a literate society 20.00
3. The importance of literacy to learning and workplace productivity 20.00
4. Unpacking training packages and related competencies 20.00
5. Strategies to support the acquisition of literacy skills for learning and work 20.00
6. Assessment, evaluation and review 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no set text in this course, however students are advised to read widely on the subject including those texts and online materials recommended in the Reference Materials. Students are advised to access the websites and download the texts in preparation for their use in the course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Catts, R, Falk, I & Wallace, R (eds) 2011, Vocational learning: innovative theory and practice, Springer, New York.
  • Wolf, A & Evans, K 2011, Improving literacy at work, Routledge, Madison Ave, New York.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 45 45 30 Mar 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 55 55 08 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.