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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5811M Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder

30 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Dr Yvonne Griffiths

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally graduate status or health professional qualification plus relevant experience

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This course has been developed for students, professionals and other parties who are interested in, and may wish to work with children showing developmental disorders. This module specifically examines the two developmental disorders of dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Dyslexia is well known to most individuals and this course examines definitions, characteristics leading to assessment, diagnosis and intervention. Developmental coordination disorder often called dyspraxia is not as well known, but there is increasing interest in this condition. In both disorders lifelong progression is examined from the early years to emerging adulthood and controversies that surround the two conditions are examined and analysed in detail. The course is taught on a part time basis in the evening. There is a partner module of EDUC5812M.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the concept and nature of developmental disorders.
- Identify and show understanding of the characteristics of the two developmental disorders of Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
- Evaluate and analyse critically approaches to assessment, identification and management of Dyslexia and DCD.
- Demonstrate understanding of support systems for children Dyslexia and DCD involving education, health and family.
- Develop a model for practice that can be incorporated into the context of their working environment.


Children with developmental disorders include those with specific difficulties in the areas of attention, language, literacy, social skills and motor coordination. Controversial areas of developmental disorders are outlined in general with concepts such as the 'discrepancy' criterion being analysed. In this module two specific disorders, Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder are examined. They are both defined for educational and clinical purposes by the World Health Organisation ICD-10 and the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic Statistical Manual IVR. Dyslexia involves difficulties in reading, writing and literacy in general, while developmental coordination disorder involves marked impairment in the development and performance of motor skills leading to difficulties in academic achievement and/or daily activities. This module describes and analyses these two disorders focussing on definitions, assessment, diagnosis, comorbidity, intervention and controversies in each.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours275.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

6 hours reading per lecture
4 hours per tutorial
97.5 hours per essay

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Individual tutorials
- Ongoing monitoring in lectures
- Contribution to lectures

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment6,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/09/2021


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