Diverse Abilities and Curriculum Differentiation - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Case Study (50%) , Report (50%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit provides an in-depth examination of the learning characteristics and curriculum differentiation for children with diverse abilities including learning disabilities, emotional and behaviour disorders, intellectual disabilities, attention disorders, sensory impairments, chronic health concerns, speech and language disorders and high ability. Skill is developed in individualizing, modifying and adapting the curriculum according to the different ability levels of children.

Differentiating the curriculum occurs by changing:

  • the content of learning,
  • the processes of teaching and learning and
  • the methods of assessing the products of learning.

With respect to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, this unit focuses most specifically on Standard 1 (know your students and how they learn) and Standard 3 (Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning).

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. compare and contrast the major categories of special learning needs used in professional settings
  2. examine processes of identifying and programming for students with diverse cognitive, social, emotional, behavioural and physical needs
  3. appraise specific accommodations for children or adolescents with diverse abilities, including modifications and individualisation of curriculum content, processes and products
  4. develop a plan for curriculum differentiation including teaching strategies and reasonable adjustments, management of support staff and accessing potential services and support.
  • Case Study (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative; Access to video creation and editing software

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to diverse abilities and differentiated curriculum
2Physical impairments
3Intellectual disability
4Autism Spectrum Disorder
5Challenging behaviours
6Understanding behavioural disorders and related behavioural challenges
7Differentiating the curriculum and adapting instruction
8Learning environments that support differentiated instruction
9Classroom climate
10Good curriculum as a basis of differentiation
11Principles and instructional strategies that support differentiation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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