Developmental Disabilities

Course code EDUC6087Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

The course examines current research on developmental disabilities with the goal of increasing students' awareness of the causes and characteristics of a variety of disabilities, together with current approaches to service provision. Causes of disability, types of disability and the support needs of people with disabilities will be examined. Several specific disabilities will be studied in greater detail, and students will be expected to complete an in-depth study in one of these areas.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. knowledge of causes and characteristics of common disabilities
2. examine social, emotional and health issues related to disability
3. discuss current support philosophies for people with a disability
Content1. Introduction/causes
2. Intellectual disability
3. Physical disability
4. Down syndrome
5. Low incidence disabilities
6. Autism spectrum disorder
7. Medical/genetic issues
8. Self-determination/choice
9. Transitions
10. Educational and support approaches
Replacing Course(s)Nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeTwo years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)1. Summary and critical evaluation of selected course readings (4 x 15%) across the semester
Other: (please specify)2. Select one developmental disability and discuss the support implications for this disability, end of semester
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6087