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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP9086407, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1978, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination LEARNING DISABILITIES
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge BARBARA CARRETTI M-PSI/01
Other lecturers MARCO ZORZI M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Knowledge of cognitive psychology and of principles of psychological assessment
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the cognitive, emotional and neuropsychological mechanisms underlying learning disabilities
Knowledge of the main procedures of assessment and intervention
Ability to distinguish between learning difficulties vs specific learning disorders
Ability to plan a treatment from the diagnosis
Examination methods: Written examination consisting of six open-ended questions (three for each module), each scored on 5-points scale (0-5). The exam lasts 1 hour.
The final score is the sum of the scores obtained in each question.
In the case of particularly rich and well-argued answers, "30 cum laude" is attributed.
Assessment criteria: The following elements will contribute to a positive evaluation:
- correctness of knowledge on SLD and other associated disorders,
- ability to distinguish between differetnt disorders,
- argumentative accuracy
- terminological appropriateness
Course unit contents: The Course intends to promote knowledge and clinical skills on the neural and cognitive bases of learning disabilities. Assessment and intervention procedures will be presented and the students will be involved in practical activities on to the administration and scoring of tests for assessing learning abilities and cognitive processes.
Module A (prof. Carretti)
1. Definition and identification procedures
2. Assessment of SLD
3. Reading comprehension LD
Module B (prof. Zorzi)
5. Computational and neural models of reading and calculation
6. Developmental Dyslexia
7. Dyscalculia
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures and practical activites on the use of the tests for the assessment.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides of the lectures will be available on Moodle with additional materials.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Cornoldi C., Difficoltà e disturbi dell'apprendimento. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2019. Capitoli 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 e 11 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Toffalini, E., Giofrè, D., & Cornoldi, C., Strengths and Weaknesses in the Intellectual Profile of Different Subtypes of Specific Learning Disorder. --: Clinical Psychological Science, 5(2) 402 –409, 2017. available on Moodle
  • Zorzi, M., Sella, F., Traiettorie di sviluppo tipico ed atipico della abilità numeriche di base.. --: Erickson, 2018. In: Disturbi del calcolo e dei numeri (a cura di A. Biancardi, E. Mariani, M. Peretti) available on Moodle
  • Perry C., Zorzi, M., Ziegler, J.C., Understanding dyslexia through personalized large-scale computational models.. --: Psychological Science, 30(3), 386–395., 2019. available on Moodle
  • Zorzi, M., Questione di caratteri. Leggere oltre la dilessia.. --: Quaderni Pearson. Inclusione a 360°. Pearson Acade, 2019. available on Moodle

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Working in group

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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