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SPE3005 Challenging Behaviour: A Functional Approach in Primary Context

Short Description: Challenging Behaviour Primary
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


Pre-requisite: EDP2111 and EDC2400 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Primary + Special Education) or BEDU (Special Education) or BPED
Co-requisite: EHI3005

Other Requisites

Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid blue card OR exemption card

If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience office

Students need to lodge their blue card application or renewal online . Students will need to register with blue card services and validate their identification online. If successful, the student will be provided an online account number to send to the Professional Experience Team to ensure there are no delays with their placement. Students will not be able to commence their placement without a current blue card. USQ recommends students lodge their renewal at least 28 days prior to the expiry of their current card.

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to

If undertaking Professional Experience outside of Queensland, students are advised to check the Working with Children requirements of the state within which Professional Experience will be undertaken (refer to


This course will focus upon evidenced-based practices to increase the preparedness of pre-service teachers to manage challenging learner behaviour within the context of the primary years of schooling. From the theoretical underpinnings of applied behaviour analysis, pre-service teachers will be introduced to a set of advanced strategies and procedures for the management of learners with and without disabilities who exhibit significant behavioural, emotional, and social adjustment problems. This course will help pre-service teachers to develop their knowledge and skills of the functional behaviour assessment (FBA) process, and effective individualised behaviour intervention plans for students in the primary years who demonstrate challenging behaviour. The course builds on knowledge and competencies gained in EDC2100 - Supportive Learning Environments: Cultivating Effective Classrooms. This course contains a professional experience placement that may be within a special education setting. Opportunity to apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a functional approach to managing challenging behaviour will be provided through an assessment task linked to professional experience.

A 10-day professional experience placement is attached to this course. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2021 External
Date printed 2 December 2021