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EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents

Semester 2, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Patrick O'Brien
Moderator: Stephen Hughes


Professionals working with children and adolescents consistently rate the management of children's social and behavioural problems as one of their major concerns. It is therefore important that professionals are able to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively deal with these problems in a way which promotes a positive teaching and learning environment for all children.


The overall aim of this course is to introduce professionals working with children to information concerning the following: emotional and behavioural problems of children and adolescents; the nature of the causes of these problems; various approaches to assisting young people to overcome these problems. The course outlines the kinds of problems professionals can expect to encounter and elaborates on a range of strategies, both preventive and remedial, for responding in a positive and effective manner to them. The intent of the course is to assist professionals to develop a sound understanding of the nature of emotional and behavioural problems of children and young people, and to develop an awareness of appropriate ways of dealing with the difficulties.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. outline and define the major social and adjustment problems experienced by primary and secondary age children and youth (CMA, Assignment 2)
  2. analyse and interpret social/adjustment problems from key perspectives - medical, psychological, sociological, ecological and educational (Assignment 2)
  3. relate knowledge about the development of children and adolescents to the social and adjustment problems which many children and youth experience (CMA, Assignment 2)
  4. outline the major behaviour problems presented by primary and secondary pupils and identify a range of appropriate interventions to them. (Assignment 2)
  5. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 2)
  6. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Definition, prevalence and history of social and behavioural problems in children 5.00
2. Classification and assessment of social and behavioural problems 10.00
3. Major explanations/causes of social and behavioural problems in children 25.00
4. Types of disordered behaviour 35.00
5. Approaches to the prevention and remediation of social and behaviour problems in children 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Wicks-Nelson, R., & Israel, A. C 2009, Abnormal child and adolescent psychology, 7th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Greenspan, S 2006, Infant and early childhood mental health:a comprehensive developmental approach to assessment and intervention, American Psychiatric Publishing Inc, Washington.
  • Jacobsen, P 2003, Asperger syndrome and psychotherapy:understanding Asperger perspectives, Jessica Kingsley, London.
  • Klykylo, M., & Kay, J. L. (eds) 2005, Clinical child psychiatry, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.
  • Kutscher, M. L 2005, Kids in the syndrome mix of ADHD, LD, Aspergers, Tourettes, Bipolar, and more:the one stop guide for parents, teachers and other professionals, Jessica Kingsley, London.
  • Peterson, C 2004, Looking forward through the lifespan:developmental psychology, 4th edn, Prentice Hall, Sydney.
  • Rief, S 2005, How to reach and teach ADD/ADHD children, 2nd edn, The Center for Applied Research in Education, New York.
  • Wilmshurst, L 2005, Essentials of child psychopathology, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CMA 40 40 12 Sep 2012 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 60 60 24 Oct 2012

  1. Students in this course must have authorised access to a case-study student and/or relevant data about a student in order to complete this course.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.