EDST641-18X (D) General non-calendar-based 2018 (Distance)

Theory and Foundations of Learning and Behaviour Diversity

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 2 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


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 Learning and Behaviour

1. http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/award/pgdipspectchg_regs.shtml
Time Limits for Full-time and Part-time Study from the Date of Enrolment in the Diploma
A candidate may be permitted to be enrolled as a full-time or part-time candidate, subject to course availability and requirements.
As student can only do two papers a year due to the year 2 paper prerequisites should this be considered a part time course
The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is one year. The maximum period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is four years from the year of first enrolment.
IT is not possible to complete this qualification in one full time year due to the prerequisites as stated above.
2. http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/study/pgdipspectch.shtml/

Learning Outcomes

Students who  complete this paper successfully should be able to:

1. Critically examine theory and research relevant to the field of Learning and Behaviour.
2. Apply specialist skills, values, attitudes, and practices needed for professionals to work with students with Learning and Behaviour needs, including evidence-based assessments and teaching strategies.
3.  Demonstrate professional skills relating to reflective and ethical practice when working with learners with Learning and Behaviour needs.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of Māori and multicultural concepts and practices as they relate to Learning and Behaviour.


A teaching qualification or
entry at the discretion of the Dean of Education

Timetable Note

Compulsory block course 2 (University of Canterbury, Christchurch): 2 - 4 July 2018

Course Coordinator

Laurie McLay


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Professional E-Portfolio 70% Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4
Badges 30% Continuous throughout the semester. Badge is earned at end of each of the six domains. Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4

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 -
Examination Regulations

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 $1,811.00

* 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.

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 EDST641 Occurrences

  • EDST641-18X (D) General non-calendar-based 2018 (Distance)