EDST621-20X (D) General non-calendar-based 2020 (Distance)

Theory and Foundations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 29 June 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 10 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 2 October 2020


An advanced study of theoretical and research-based foundations of specialist teaching relating to understanding, recognising, assessing and providing for learners who have needs in the area of Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper/course should be able to:
1. Critically examine theory and research relevant to the field of deaf education.
2. Apply specialist skills, values, attitudes, and practices needed for professionals to work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including evidence-based assessments and teaching strategies.
3. Demonstrate professional skills and knowledge relating to reflective and ethical practice when working with learners who are deaf or hard of hearing.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of Māori and multicultural concepts and practices as they relate to deaf education.


EDST601. RP: Experience working with children who are Deaf or
Hard of Hearing.

Recommended Preparation

Experience working with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 09:30 A1 Lecture Theatre 29 Jun - 5 Jul
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30 A1 Lecture Theatre 29 Jun - 5 Jul
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 A1 Lecture Theatre 29 Jun - 5 Jul
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:30 - 17:00 Rehua 328 Visual Arts 29 Jun - 5 Jul
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 328 Visual Arts 29 Jun - 5 Jul

Timetable Note

Compulsory Block Course 2 (University of Canterbury, Christchurch):

Course Coordinator

Denise Powell


Denise Powell and Thora Huebner (NZSL Senior Tutor)


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Domains 1 and 2 Portfolio 09 Aug 2020 20% Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4
Portfolio- Domain 3,4,5,6 and Summary/Conclusion 19 Oct 2020 50% Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4
NZSL Portfolio 19 Oct 2020 30% Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Marschark, Marc. , Hauser, Peter C; How deaf children learn : what parents and teachers need to know; Oxford University Press, 2012.

McKee, R.L; New Zealand Sign Language – A reference grammar; Bridget Williams Books (This is an e-book only and available from: http://bwb.co.nz/books/new-zealand-sign-language).

Recommended Reading

Bullard, Carolyn L. , Luckner, John L; Itinerant teacher's handbook; 2nd ed; Butte Publications, 2013.

Also available as e-books through UC library

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties may result.

University of Canterbury students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course
and Examination Regulations and information is also available here -

Assessment and grading system

Detailed marking guides will be prepared and made available to students well before assignment due dates. Completion of these tasks to an appropriate standard is essential to passing courses and being awarded your Postgraduate Diploma.
Papers have been designed using a framework of “Competency Domains” and are
based in an online learning environment.

Within each competency domain a series of Learning Modules and Learning Activities have been
Learning Modules typically consist of a combination of online:
Course content (e.g., presentations using texts, images, powerpoint and audio
or video).
Readings (e.g., recommended chapters from textbooks, journal articles and
other documents).
Relevant links to other online resources.
Learning Activities consist of a combination of online:
Forum discussions
Shared resources
Group and individual assignments

Other specific requirements

Students are expected to actively engage in New Zealand Sign Language learning (at least 60 hours per year) and are required to demonstrate their increased knowledge and skill in using NZSL prior to graduating from this course through a Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI).

Requests for extensions

If you cannot complete an assignment by the due date, you must consult the paper/
course co-ordinator regarding an extension before the assignment is due. Reasonable
extensions of time are normally granted for good cause. Time available for an
extension is limited; regardless of individual circumstances, it is University policy that
no assignments can be accepted for marking after other students‟ marked assignments

Aegrotat Considerations

If you are unable to complete work due to exceptional circumstances, an aegrotat
application may be submitted for consideration. These applications can only be
made for one piece of assessment of a paper/ course. Refer to –

Special Consideration

For students studying at the University of Canterbury, aegrotat applications are limited to one piece of assessed work per course (worth 50% or less) and for all other assessment for the course must achieve a C+ average.

E-Learning Tools

This programme uses Moodle as the online learning environment.

Please note that this learning environment is not hosted via the websites of either
University (Stream at MU or Learn at UC) but is an independent website designed
specifically for this programme and hosted by a 3rd party provider contracted by the

Students should submit assignments as outlined in the individual paper guidelines. Mostly, this will be able to be completed online. However in some circumstances paper copies may be required and submitted.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.) 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 $1,884.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All EDST621 Occurrences

  • EDST621-20X (D) General non-calendar-based 2020 (Distance)