EDUC5454 Learning Difficulties

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides a general overview of learning difficulties from a number of perspectives (e.g. medical, neuropsychological, educational) and a range of teaching strategies for students with learning difficulties. It critically examines the specificity and complexity of learning difficulties, including moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities. Although the primary focus is on reading, mathematics, written expression and learning disorders not otherwise specified, other psychopathologies which impact learning are also covered.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the aetiology of learning difficulties; (2) recognise the cognitive and social characteristics of students with learning difficulties; and (3) understand how learning difficulties are assessed.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) 2000-word report and (2) one page fact sheet on a learning difficulty. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the 2000-word report and one page fact sheet on a learning difficulty components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Stephen Houghton
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.