Advanced Theory and Practice in Orientation and Mobility

Course code EDUC6113Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Providing an in-depth examination of major orientation and mobility (O&M) theories and approaches necessary for delivering complex O&M services to people with multiple disabilities including vision impairment. Topics covered will include: identification and specification of complex O&M service delivery models and approaches; evaluation of ethical and legal frameworks in complex client service delivery; family and client-centred service delivery.

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Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Identify best practice service delivery and duty of care approaches in complex client cases;
2. Explain the legal and ethical obligations of O&M service delivery;
3. Use advanced electronic and sonar-based technology involved in providing O&M services to complex client-cases;
4. Specify approaches required to meet the O&M needs of clients experiencing a broad range of vision loss and multi-disabling medical conditions;
5. Describe the concept of risk management and its importance to complex client service delivery;
6. Critically appraise and analyse related professional literature.
ContentTopics covered will include: Duty of care and legal framework in complex casework; risk management and best practice service delivery; advanced theory and practice of kinesiology; advanced theory and practice in tactual and haptic perception; psychosocial dimensions and theory of O&M; advanced O&M technology and GPS services; management approaches and administration of service delivery; and dog guides. Exposure to and analysis of current professional literature.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Experience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical review 1000 words
Essays / Written Assignments2000 words
SeminarIn class presentation on a specialist topic area
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment limited to cadets sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.
Compulsory Course ComponentAttendance at scheduled classes is compulsory.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6113