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EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Emotional & Behav Problems Chd
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070113 - Teacher Education: Special Edu
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: India Bryce


Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5335 if EDU3335 has been previously completed.


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. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. outline, define and reflect on the major social and adjustment problems experienced by primary and secondary age children and youth (Quizzes, Assignment)
  2. critically analyse and interpret social/adjustment problems from key perspectives - medical, psychological, sociological, ecological and educational (Assignment)
  3. apply established theories and knowledge about the development of children and adolescents to the social and adjustment problems which many children and youth experience (Quizzes, Assignment)
  4. research the major behaviour problems presented by primary and secondary pupils and identify a range of appropriate interventions to them (Assignment)
  5. assess, critically evaluate and effectively communicate learning information about emotional and behavioural problems of young people (Assignment).


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 10.00
4. Types of disordered behaviour 35.00
5. Approaches to the prevention and remediation of social and behaviour problems in children and adolescents 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Wicks-Nelson, R & Israel, AC 2014, Abnormal child and adolescent psychology with DSM-V updates, 8th edn, Routledge, East Sussex.

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZ 1 40 20 23 Apr 2021
QUIZ 2 40 20 28 May 2021
ASSIGNMENT 60 60 04 Jun 2021

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 for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Not applicable.

  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 at

Other requirements

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

Date printed 18 June 2021