EDED20495 - Special Needs

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will gain awareness of your professional obligations, roles and responsibilities in relation to the Disability Standards for Education and the way these standards inform policy and procedures for meeting the needs of students with disabilities in inclusive school settings. You will build knowledge of the definitions and criteria used to categorise disabilities in educational environments and explore the concept of “person first” approaches to meeting the needs of learners with disability in the middle years of schooling. You will take an holistic view of supporting the access and participation of learners with special needs and evaluate specific differentiation, accommodation and management strategies to make recommendations that support inclusion, wellbeing, safety and learning of all students in inclusive mainstream settings. You will research and document examples of good practice for consulting with students, parents, specialist services and wider community support agencies and demonstrate knowledge of how to access and facilitate partnerships that improve the educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 19.35% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
This unit is content heavy. Review Moodle content and perhaps indicate 'essential' readings and 'optional/extension' readings
Recommendation
Review Moodle content to ensure essential content is foregrounded.
Action Taken
Essential content was foregrounded during tutorials and highlighted within the Moodle content.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
This unit relies on links to external websites. Please ensure there are no broken links in the materials.
Recommendation
Ensure there are no broken links in the learning materials.
Action Taken
All links were checked and active throughout the learning materials.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
If this unit is to be delivered in the intensive mode, consider offering more Zoom sessions per week to align with what would be received if it was delivered over 12 weeks.
Recommendation
Continue to structure zoom sessions that enhance student engagement and learning.
Action Taken
No further Zoom sessions were offered but sessions were highly structured that engaged students and encouraged input.
Source: Student Feedback Survey
Feedback
This unit is content heavy and not suited to the condensed delivery of the course.
Recommendation
Ensure essential content is foregrounded during tutorials and highlighted within the Moodle content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback Survey
Feedback
It was difficult to ascertain the difference between EDED20495 Special Needs and EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion. It feels like they covered the same topics.
Recommendation
Make explicit how EDED20495 Special Needs builds upon the skills and knowledge developed in the prerequisite unit EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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