Shared Courses (learning disabilities, intellectual disability, autism)
LRD 522 Introduction to Special Education 2 Cr. hours
The objective of this course is to provide students with basic knowledge and information related to concepts in special education with special focus on different approaches in understanding, clarifying human behavior, identification, content, strategies, and application of special education, in addition to issues commonly encountered when addressing the needs of diverse students with disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on several issues, for example types of disabilities such as intellectual disability, autism and hearing impairment, as well as the causes and prevention. Furthermore, beliefs and attitudes such as the traditional beliefs, advocacy and support services will be explained and discussed. Students will learn how to form their own views and attitudes towards individuals with disabilities.
LRD 525 Applications of Tests and Scales in Learning and Developmental Disabilities 2 Cr. hours
The objective of this course is to provide students with general knowledge and important skills related to measuring psycho-educational aspects of learning and developmental disabilities. Students will become familiar with test structure and development and their application with intellectually disabled, autistic persons, and learning disabilities persons. The course will also provide students with important skills needed for proper use of educational and psychological tests including introduction to tests, measurement and their types, preparation and design of tests, general principles of measurement, reliability, validity, norms, test application in different aspects, cognitive, performance, as well as social and personality tests. This course will also focus on issues and problems related to the evaluation process of individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism disorders, and learning disabilities persons.
GS ES 520 Introduction of Educational Statistics 2 Cr. hours
This course introduces students to types of variables that are common in education and psychology such as quantitative, qualitative, continuous, discrete, nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio. In addition, the course focuses on methods of describing data using frequency tables, graphs, central tendency, variability, and kurtosis indices.
GS ES 620 Inferential Statistics and its Applications 2 Cr. hours
The course provides the basics of statistical estimation, statistical sampling, testing hypotheses, the level of significance, and statistical decision-making including comparisons of the two statistical errors: Type I and Type II errors. In addition, the course covers testing hypotheses of the differences between means, variances, correlations, and proportions for the independent and correlated cases using parametric and nonparametric techniques. SPSS is heavily used in the course.
GS ES 501 English 0 Cr. hours
This mandatory general English course aims to promote students’ skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking by focusing on comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and deriving word meaning from context. This course also teaches students the different writing stages while promoting critical thinking skills and expressing opinions, as well as building communication skills.
In addition, students are taught how to use the English language for other academic purposes including research writing, using charts, graphs and other diagrams to figure out general ideas from texts. Students are also trained to use presentation skills and are given the opportunity to deliver their own full presentations in English during the course of study.
GS 500 Islamic Culture 0 Cr. hours
This course is intended to acquaint students with issues pertaining to Islamic culture and civilization, the challenges of modernity, the requirements of development in the Islamic world and the main currents of modern Islamic thought. The analytical approach of the course enables students to think independently and participate in objective dialogue, with equal emphasis on connecting Islamic principles with issues of our modern age, and to enhance interactions between the requirements of Islamic culture and those of modernity in shaping the minds of modern Muslim students.
LRD ID 521 Practicum 2 Cr. hours
This course provides students with opportunities to implement what they have learned in their courses offered during the academic year in all three programmes. They spend sufficient time in specialized centers and schools to get hands on experience with the students struggling with learning and developmental disabilities. They are expected to be able to implement what they have learned in Teaching Strategies Course for all programmes, such as designing Individualised Educational Plan (IEP) and use teaching methods which best fit the students. In addition, learners have to produce and implement awareness programs to children, teachers and parents.
GS ES 621 Educational Research Methods 2 Cr. hours
The course familiarizes students with scientific thinking and research methods applied in educational and psychological studies. It also equips students with the knowledge and skills needed in conducting research. Students are expected to be able to identify research problem, construct research questions and discuss relevant assumptions, and define and classify research variables. Also, students are expected to design a research study and follow the appropriate procedures for carrying it out. Finally, students are expected to appropriately use and cite references.
LRD 506 Research Seminar 0 Cr. hours
The course familiarizes students with a methods of selecting a research topic and the necessary elements and resources of the research plan. In this course students will be trained on the scientific standards of criticizing other research studies and theses related to Learning and Developmental Disabilities. Also, students will be trained on summarizing and presenting Arabic and English research studies and theses. This course highlights some of the research problems that need further research as well as the importance of ethics in research. By the end of this course, students will have a suggested plan proposal for their master thesis.
Learning Disabilities Courses