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EDED20495 - Special Needs

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, pre-service teachers gain awareness of their 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. They 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. Students 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. Pre-service teachers 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.


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 2 - 2015

Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Term 3 - 2022 Profile

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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Presentation 50%

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

Past Exams

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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
This unit is content heavy. Review Moodle content and perhaps indicate 'essential' readings and 'optional/extension' readings
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
This unit relies on links to external websites. Please ensure there are no broken links in the materials.
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
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.
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
This unit is content heavy and not suited to the condensed delivery of the course.
Ensure essential content is foregrounded during tutorials and highlighted within the Moodle content.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback Survey
It was difficult to ascertain the difference between EDED20495 Special Needs and EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion. It feels like they covered the same topics.
Make explicit how EDED20495 Special Needs builds upon the skills and knowledge developed in the prerequisite unit EDED20493 Diversity and Inclusion.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Appraise the roles and responsibilities of educational stakeholders under legislation and policy for students with disabilities
  2. Propose processes that overcome barriers to successful inclusion of students with disabilities
  3. Evaluate strategies that support the psychological wellbeing, behaviour, accessibility and learning of students with special needs within whole class groups
  4. Explain the rationale for accommodations and modifications that support the learning and social needs of students with disabilities
  5. Interpret research literature and primary data sources to make recommendations that support the needs of students with disabilities

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

3.7 Engage parents/carers in the educative process

4.1 Support student participation

4.3 Manage challenging behaviour

4.4 Maintain student safety

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

7.3 Engage with the parents/carers

7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation