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SPE3002 Autism Spectrum Disorder

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

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Examiner: Rahul Ganguly
Moderator: Susan Carter

Other requisites

Students have to have completed four units of study.


Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) view the world from a different perspective to all other children. The combined difficulties in areas of communication, socialization and behaviour can make the world a threatening and confusing place for a child with autism. It is important that teachers understand the complexities of ASD in general and the specific strengths, interests and abilities of each child with ASD so that modifications to learning and school life are appropriate and effective.


SPE3002 introduces the beginning teacher to the world of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students will interrogate the triad of difficulties experienced by children with ASD, in particular communication, socialization and behaviour difficulties. They will research aspects of ASD and Asperger syndrome to understand the complex nature of the disorders. Teaching and learning strategies to maximise learning outcomes for students with ASD will be integral to each part of the course. Understanding the component difficulties experienced by students with ASD will also inform the processes and skills required to manage behaviours in the classroom setting. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify and describe the components of the triad of difficulties experienced by students with ASD. (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2)
  2. articulate the diverse nature of students with ASD including those students with Asperger syndrome. (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2)
  3. identify a range of teaching strategies that address learning difficulties in the areas of communication and socialization. (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2)
  4. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in information literacy skills, including critical and reflective thinking (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2)
  5. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder 20.00
2. Speech, language and Communication difficulties 20.00
3. Challenging behaviours - Purposes and Management 20.00
4. Interpreting the social world and its meanings 20.00
5. Sensory awareness and sensitivity 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • No text required for this course, all readings will be available online.

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
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 19 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 28 Oct 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ON-CAMPUS MODE: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and 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.

    ONLINE MODE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them including discussion fora scheduled for them, and 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.

  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 aggregate of the weighted 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:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 have Internet access to UConnect for this course.