PY3TARM-Typical and Atypical Reading

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Pye


Type of module:

Summary module description:

PY3TARM: Typical & Atypical Reading


This module will enable students to study in depth typical and atypical reading in children and adults. Students will gain experience of critical evaluation of existing research and theoretical perspectives in the reading literature; develop their ability to study independently, and gain experience of current research being undertaken in the department.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, the student will be able to:

1.Critically analyse research on typical and atypical reading in children and/or adults. 

2. Apply their understanding of the key factors in defining and diagnosing reading difficulties. 

3. Appraise key theoretical explanations for dyslexia, with critical reference to the literature.

Additional outcomes:

Students will further develop their skills in: 

1. Successful team-work and self-confidence through Team-Based Learning. 

2. Analysis and synthesis of complex literature relating to typical and atypical reading. 

3. Designing appropriate experiments to test research questions derived from theory.

Outline content:

The module comprises seven 2-hour seminars. 

Reading is a skill that many of take for granted, but widespread literacy is a relatively recent phenomena. We will look at how children (and adults) develop into skilled readers: which skills are required, and which are the most important. We will consider the major theoretical explanations and critically evaluate the evidence. We will additionally look at practical issues around testing reading and cognitive ability in children and adults, and discuss the educational implications of atypical reading. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module uses a Team-based Learning (TBL) approach, where students work in teams to explore and evaluate the material, facilitated by the module convenor. Students will also have the opportunity to administer and take part in a range of tests used to assess reading ability in children and adults. During the course of the module, students will either prepare an essay or other comparable assignment determined by the option leader, such as a presentation (poster or oral), short report, participation in a debate, etc.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study 85
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed through coursework (25%) and a final exam (75%). The 1.5-hour Summer Exam will require students to answer 1 essay question on topics covered in the module. Coursework will comprise a poster presentation.

Formative assessment methods:

Students will be provided with feedback on their coursework essay or on the content of their presentation (or other coursework assignment) by seminar tutors. This feedback will help students prepare for the final exam.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall 

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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