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.

RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Handbook at

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Appreciate the importance of best practice service delivery and
duty of care approaches in complex client cases;
2. Understand 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. Have a broad understanding of the approaches required to meet the O&M needs of clients experiencing a broad range of vision
loss and multi-disabling medical conditions;
5. Understand 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 MethodsCase Study
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Case StudiesCritical analysis of leading professional journal articles
Essays / Written Assignments
PracticalDemonstration of skill and technique competencies
SeminarIn class presentation on a specialist topic area
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment limited to cadets sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6113