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EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading

Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Nicole Todd
Moderator: Susan Carter


People with low levels of literacy encounter grave difficulties in coping in a 'reading based' society. It is essential that at risk readers be promptly identified and that early intervention programmes be implemented. The expertise of the classroom teacher in the identification and remediation of children with reading difficulties is deemed to be a critical factor in the prevention of serious reading disabilities.


This course focuses on the teaching of children with specific learning difficulties in reading. The emphasis is on assessment and diagnosis of children with reading problems and on the structuring, implementation and analysis of appropriate intervention programmes. Note: Students will require regular access to a classroom for completion of this course.


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. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an in-depth knowledge of the reading process (Assessment 1 and 2)
  2. a knowledge of factors which contribute to reading difficulties (Assessment 1)
  3. the ability to design and implement reading assessments which provide for efficient class screening and for individual diagnosis (Assessment 1 and 2)
  4. competency in identifying, diagnosing and teaching students with reading difficulties (Assessment 1 and 2)
  5. the ability to select, evaluate and modify resources for instructing students with reading difficulties (Assessment 2)
  6. Demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assessment 1 and 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The reading process: theory of reading; reading difficulties; reading programs. 30.00
2. Assessment and diagnosis: norm-referenced and criterion-referenced measures; informal assessment; selecting tests; test administration; analysis of assessment results. 30.00
3. Instructional techniques: linking assessment results to planning for instruction; instructional techniques/strategies; resource; use of ICT's; monitoring. 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Walker, B. J 2008, Diagnostic Teaching of Reading. Techniques for Instruction and Assessment, 6th edn, Pearson/Merrill/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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 04 Sep 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 23 Oct 2013

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 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 grades 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 regular access to a classroom for completion of this course. Students are advised not to enrol in this course if this access is not possible.

  2. Students are to use a recognised referencing system a specified by the course Examiner.

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