Learning activities: Please note that this unit has been altered to accommodate our delivery provisions in compliance with current COVID-19 requirements (Special Circumstance delivery).
2 hour weekly lectures will be delivered online and are pre-recorded lectures. Although students can watch the lecture at a time of their choosing, they should be watched prior to the Q&A sessions and within 1 week to ensure that the weekly quiz can be completed.
Lecture Q&A sessions
Each lecture will be followed by a 1-hour Q&A session during which the unit convenor and/or that week’s lecturer is available for questions and/or clarifications.
These sessions will also be used to convey essential information about the course.
It is strongly recommended that you attend these weekly sessions to reinforce your learning.
Please check the timetable for the scheduling of these sessions: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2021/
The lecture recordings and accompanying slides will be posted on ilearn under the relevant week at least 3 days prior to these Q&A sessions.
Lecture recordings will be available through Echo360.
Students are required to attend fortnightly (2 hour) tutorials starting in Week 2 or Week 3 depending on your assigned tutorial..
It is strongly recommended that you attend these tutorials on campus, although an online tutorial is also available for those students unable to attend on campus.
(Please check eStudent to see which version and which tutorial you are enrolled in, or if you wish to enrol in a different tutorial).
Each tutorial will comprise activities that will reinforce and extend your learning and understanding of the topic and relevant skills. Completion of these activities will be required in the tutorial, or shortly after, and will be graded.
Tutorial activities are assessed on a pass/fail basis and (usually) due in or immediately after class. There are six tutorials and the grades from the best five will contribute to the overall unit grade. It will not be possible to complete these activities if you do not attend the relevant tutorial (unless a special consideration request is received within 5 days).
On campus tutorials will have in place the following COVID-related measures:
- Classes run at 75% or less of the room capacity to ensure students can maintain social distancing measures
- Tutorial attendance will be noted using the official class list to ensure contact-tracing can be done (only list if you are actually asking your tutors to do this. In previous years we have argued against roll taking but I think it's a good idea given the current situation).
- Supply of hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes, to be used (to disinfect hands and touched surfaces) upon entry and departure from classroom.
- Single use masks available for students and staff involved in the activity (whether or not this is compulsory will depend on current NSW government guidelines).
Weekly online quizzes
This unit has weekly online multiple choice quizzes designed to keep you on track during the semester, these test knowledge and understanding of content of the lectures and associated required readings/activities.
There are 12 quizzes in total testing material from each of Weeks 1 to Week 12. Quizzes will be graded. No make-up quizzes will be permitted (with the exception of officially approved Special Consideration requests). However, your 2 lowest quizzes will be dropped at the end of the semester.
Quizzes must be completed online each week after viewing the lecture, completing the required readings and attending the Q&A sessions. Each quiz will be open until 11.59pm Wednesday night, the night before the next Q&A session. For example, the quiz for content of Lecture 3 will be open until 11.59pm Wednesday night before the Q&A session for Lecture 4 in Week 4. Only quizzes completed before this deadline will be recorded.
These quizzes are open book, and you may take each quiz multiple times before the deadline, but only the first submitted attempt for each quiz will be counted. You will receive feedback as to your correct and incorrect answers at the completion of each quiz.
The quizzes are delivered through iLearn, so you need to have access to a reliable computer with connection to the Internet. Technical difficulties will not be accepted as a reason for special consideration.
To access the online quizzes:
1. Navigate to the appropriate week in iLearn (e.g., Week 2) and click on that week’s quiz.
2. Read the information provided about what content that quiz will cover (it’s open book!), and note the date and time the quiz will close.
3. Click “Attempt quiz now” to begin. After answering each multiple-choice question, click “Save and review”.
4. Next, ensure you have answered each question (i.e., “Answer saved”). If you have not answered a question (i.e., “Not yet answered”), click “Return to attempt”.
5. Once you are satisfied that you have answered every question, click “Submit all and finish”.
This will submit your quiz for scoring and log your grade.
6. Finally, you can carefully review your feedback to note which questions you did and did not answer correctly.
7. Click “Finish review” to exit. Remember, you can attempt the quiz again by selecting “Reattempt quiz”, but only your first attempt will count towards your grade.
The Research Report is an opportunity for the student to develop written communication skills and demonstrate understanding of concepts relating to skilled reading and its breakdown in dyslexia.
Data will be provided from an individual with dyslexia and an analysis will be required of the pattern of impairment observed and their implications.
The skills required to successfully complete this report will be taught in the lectures and practiced in a preceding tutorial.
Word limit: Research reports must be a maximum of 1,500 words. There will be 5% leeway in the word limit (i.e., up to 75 words over 1500), but beyond that you will be penalised 5% of your report mark for every further 100 words over the limit.
Late submission of your report will attract a penalty of 5% of the maximum mark for every day that the assignment is late (including weekend days). For example, if it is submitted 2 days late, you will get a penalty of 10% for this assignment. Work submitted more than 14 days after the submission deadline will not be marked and will receive a mark of 0.
Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to notify the University of a disruption to their studies and that requests for extensions for assignments must be made via the University’s Ask MQ System (as outlined in the Special Consideration Policy).
You are required to submit your Research Report via iLearn, using the Turnitin submission tool no later than the date advised on ilearn (most likely due in Week 9).
The final exam consists of multiple choice and short answer questions/activities covering lectures, required reading and tutorial content over the entire semester.
The time and location for this exam will be timetabled centrally and announced later in the semester.
You are expected to present yourself for examination at the time and place designated in the University Examination Timetable. The timetable will be available in Draft form approximately eight weeks before the commencement of the examinations and in Final form approximately four weeks before the commencement of the examinations (http://students.mq.edu.au/ student_admin/exams/).
The only exception to sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you may wish to consider applying for special consideration due to disruption to studies. Information about unavoidable disruption and the special consideration process is available at: http://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-studyprogram/special-consideration
If a Supplementary Examination is granted as a result of the Special Consideration process, the examination will be scheduled after the conclusion of the official examination period. The format of a supplementary examination is at the unit convenor’s discretion and is subject to change from the original final examination. Supplementary Exams are only offered to students who have satisfactorily completed all other assessments for the unit and were unable to sit the final exam because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. If a Supplementary Exam has been granted, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they sit the Supplementary Exam on the specified date.
You are advised that it is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching semester, which is the final day of the official examination period.