Multimodality and Early Childhood - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Critical comparison essay (20%) , Assignment 2 - Report and presentation (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX886 Multimodality and Early Childhood.

This unit explores multimodality – the role of images and their interaction with language and other modes of communication – in early childhood. The initial focus is on visual representations of children and childhood in advertising and popular culture. This equips students with a variety of critical concepts and provides a context for analysing relations between different modes in multimodal texts and environments for children, including interactive and traditional picture books, e-games, websites, apps, toys and toy stores, educational policy documents, museums, and early childhood settings. 

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. use a metalanguage for discussing how images construct meanings and operate in different social and cultural contexts
  2. develop a metalanguage for discussing how images interact with language and other modes of communication
  3. evaluate how multimodal texts and environments for children support learning and literacy development
  4. develop a deep understanding of how to promote the development of critical visual and multimodal literacy in children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds through multimodal texts and environments
  5. demonstrate a sound understanding of recent research literature on visual communication, multimodality and multimodal learning and literacy
  6. develop their own critical multimodal literacy by engaging in effective academic English writing and multimodal communication in written assignments, presentations and online interactions with peers.
  • Assignment 1 — Critical comparison essay (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Report and presentation (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Applied task (30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Online postings (10%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Admission to the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) or permission of Executive Dean of Faculty

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the unit
2Reading images - 1
3Reading images - 2
4Reading images - 3
5Ideologies of childhood in advertising and children┬┐s literature
6Picture books: genres and themes
7Picture books: visual-visual and visual-verbal relations in children┬┐s picture books
8Children reading picture books
9Analysing 3D objects: toys and kinetic design
10Analysing 3D spaces for children
11Analysing hypermedia spaces for children
12Analysing children's interaction with hypermedia
13Reflections on learning from this unit

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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