EDEM653-22S2 (D) Semester Two 2022 (Distance)

Meeting the needs of students with literacy difficulties

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


This course provides advanced study into the variety of literacy learning difficulties that learners may present with from school entry through to adulthood. It examines the theory and research that informs how these difficulties are understood in the current educational context with a focus on identifying and supporting students with literacy learning difficulties.

This course is primarily self-directed with study guides and readings. It is asynchronous, meaning that as long as you submit the assignments at the time required you can work through the materials at the pace that suits you.

There are opportunities for online participation and engagement through Zoom sessions and discussion forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Differentiate between the different literacy learning difficulties that students might present with from early childhood to adulthood and recognise the cognitive, cultural and social influences on the identification of literacy difficulties.
2. Critically evaluate the type and use of assessment tools for identifying literacy learning difficulties and the appropriateness of those tools across social and cultural contexts.
3. Critically evaluate the type and use of interventions for meeting the needs of students with a range of literacy learning difficulties and the appropriateness of the interventions across cognitive and social contexts.
4. Apply the findings of theory and research on literacy learning difficulties to meet the needs of students through cognitively, socially, and culturally appropriate decision making and communication.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Course Coordinator

Alison Arrow


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Critical literature review 28 Aug 2022 50%
Applying research to practice 28 Oct 2022 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Kamhi, Alan G. , Catts, Hugh W; Language and reading disabilities ; 3rd ed; Pearson, 2012.

All other readings will be available on the LEARN site.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.

On submitting assignments, students must confirm that the work being handed in is original and their own work.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over


Distance students must participate in the course via Learn to meet the learning outcomes.  Students are responsible for obtaining relevant course information via Learn. This will mean regular engagement with forums and course materials on the Learn site. Participation will enhance your understanding of issues and allow for discussion and clarification of complex issues. Online activity will ensure all students can discuss, debate and reflect. Insufficient participation in the course will jeopardise students passing the course.


Teaching and the course will be assessed through the regular use of UCTL evaluative instruments.

Grade moderation

Work is assessed and moderated by both course lecturers and moderated by other senior academics in literacy.

Other specific requirements

All work submitted in this course would be completed using APA format and a high standard of academic writing is expected.

Conduct as an educational professional is expected. Students are advised to familiarise themselves with learning online including UC Learn before the course starts.

Requests for extensions

Requests for extension should go in the first instance in writing to the lecturer responsible for the course. It is possible to have an extension of up to 2 weeks following the published date.


One resubmit is allowed for each assignment; however no grade higher than a C will be awarded to resubmitted work.  Work that is to be resubmitted will be due one week after being returned to the student unless other arrangements are requested and granted by the lecturer.

Special Considerations

Where for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course.

A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process.  

Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations.

This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.

ICT Assistance

For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.  Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,937.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All EDEM653 Occurrences

  • EDEM653-22S2 (D) Semester Two 2022 (Distance)