EDUC5454 Learning Difficulties

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.