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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Individually Relevant Learning
Module Code SI902A
School 74
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sinead McCauley Lambe
Semester 2: Sinead McCauley Lambe
Autumn: Sinead McCauley Lambe
Module TeachersSinead McCauley Lambe
NFQ level 99 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Development of diagnostic assessment skills in order to accurately identify an individual learner's current level of performance, strengths and areas for development and to plan appropriately to meet those areas for development in varying contexts and school settings.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and understand different assessment approaches and procedures and how they support teaching and learning
2. Articulate key legislative and policy requirements associated with planning to meet the individual needs of learners with SEN
3. Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with others within the individual planning process e.g. principal, other teachers, parents, SENO, learners, etc.
4. Design appropriate procedures to diagnostically assess the current levels of performance of individual learners in the curriculum areas of Literacy (to include listening, speaking, reading and writing) Numeracy and Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE)
5. Devise teacher made diagnostic assessment instruments to assess learners' performance
6. Use commercial tests correctly to diagnose learners' strengths and areas for development where relevant
7. Devise an individual learner support plan adhering to best practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture7.55 live lectures
Fieldwork90Developing individual learner support plan
Independent Study90Reading
Online activity62.5Online tasks
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Module Content: Assessment, SPHE, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Individual planning.
Assessment: What is assessment? Overview of assessment procedures Key legislative and policy assessment requirements associated with planning to meet the individual needs of learners with SEN. SPHE: Appropriate procedures to assess learners’ strengths and areas for development and to plan appropriate educational programmes in SPHE. This will address the following topics The importance of the development of social competence in pupils with special/additional learning needs. Accurately interpreting the assessment information relating to SPHE so as to prioritise the learners' areas for development. Communication and Language: Appropriate procedures to diagnostically assess in communication and language. In relation to communication and language it will address: The important role of communication and language in the child’s development. Communication and language throughout the curriculum. Normal language development – language content, language form/structure, and language use. Language delays and difficulties. How to use commercial tests correctly to diagnose learners’ strengths and areas for development where relevant. How to devise teacher made diagnostic assessment instruments to assess performance. Literacy: Appropriate procedures to diagnostically assess in literacy. In relation to literacy it will address: The importance of literacy development Stages of development for reading, sight word acquisition, phonological awareness and phonic knowledge. Developing reading fluency. Developing comprehension, spelling and writing skills. Mathematics: Appropriate procedures to diagnostically assess in mathematics. The development of Mathematical skills. Difficulties that learners with special/additional needs may experience. Assessment of learners' strengths and areas for development in the area of Mathematics Strategies to support teaching and learning. Resources and additional support. Professional Report Writing and Individual Education Planning: This will address the following: Planning for individual needs, essential elements of developing individual learner plans/IEPs, writing targets, collaborative process, report writing.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentIndividual learner support plan: The assignment is a diagnostic assessment, report and learner support plan/individual education plan. This assignment requires the student to select a learner with special educational needs or learning difficulties from their class/caseload and after obtaining consent, to assess and develop an individual plan to support teaching and learning in priority areas for development.100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Frederickson, N. & Cline, T.: 0, (2015). Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity (3rd ed.). Buckingham: Open University Press.,
  • Westwood, P. (2011).: 0, Commonsense Methods for Children with Special Educational Needs (6th ed.). London: Routledge.,
Other Resources

49026, Website, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, 0, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Website, www.ncca.ie, 49027, Website, 0, National Council for Special Education Website, www.ncse.ie,
Programme or List of Programmes
DISEProf Dip in Inclusive & Special Ed

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