Not offered in 2019

Unit description

This subject will engage students in a critical review of current empirical research in the area of  reading difficulties, dyslexia, language and other communication disorders. Impact and likely causes  of learning difficulties in the basic academic areas of reading, spelling, mathematics and  comprehension will be explored. Effective instruction in the systematic, direct and explicit teaching of reading will be addressed. Specific communication difficulties associated with autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability will be examined. Assessment of communication difficulties and evaluation of a range of educational strategies will be considered. Interventions including alternate communication strategies and other technology based solutions will be reviewed and critically evaluated in light of evidence-based practice. 

Unit content

Getting off to good start – Early Learning 
Research and intervention in Reading 
Research and Intervention in Numeracy 
Language and Communication 
Communication for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), cerebral palsy and intellectual disability
Assistive and augmentative technology to support and develop literacy and communication for students with disability

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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