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EAA301 - Personalising Learning: a Transdisciplinary Approach


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, CBD* - no longer offered in 2020

From 2020, students advised to select EEI301

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Ben Whitburn
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Learning experiences are delivered via CloudDeakin


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit consolidates understandings relating to the concept of personalised learning and how it relates to the curriculum, assessment and program planning for students with additional learning needs.  It is designed to engage students in discussions about ideas of conformity, diversity, labelling, exclusion and inclusion. This unit will introduce students to the wide network of community supports and a transdisciplinary approach to supporting learners including the child mental health care system, the Department of Human Services, allied health workers and Child Protection. Students will learn how to use a variety of assessment tools and employ teaching and support strategies and support networks to assess and plan for learners with additional needs. They will develop skills in collaborating with families and communicating clearly with parents providing evidence for meeting the APST 5 and 7.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply theoretical understandings of the construction of difference as it relates to curriculum, assessment and program planning for learners with additional needs

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse the role and contribution of a range of other professionals in assessing and supporting the education of learners with additional needs

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse and create an individual learning plan for a student with additional needs, developing the skills to effectively communicate with multiple stakeholders

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically evaluate and design school based programs and strategies used in working with students with additional needs

GLO5: Problem solving


Evaluate assessment data and specialist reports to construct goals for inclusion of learners with additional needs and report these for parents

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Analysis of transdisciplinary reports for communication with parents 1600 words 40% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Construction of an individual learning plan 2400 words 60% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link EAA301
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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