Practicum in Orientation and Mobility

Course code EDUC6258Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

The practicum will provide students with opportunities to gain exposure to O&M programs and teaching situations under the guidance and assistance of an experienced instructor. Students will receive a gradual induction into the profession of O&M.

Students will have opportunities to work with clients with VI and multidisabilities from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students will be required to plan, implement, and evaluate a broad range of mobility programs, with significant consideration given to professional ethics and reflective practice.

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

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1 Independently plan, deliver, and evaluate long cane, id cane, and support cane programs;
2 Deliver cane programs in domicillary environments or the environment of the client's choice;
3 Maintain client-related records / documentation;
4 Demonstrate professional ethics and reflective practice.
ContentTopics will include:
- Planning, delivering, and evaluating cane programs;
- Tactile mapping;
- Effective communication with clients and related professionals (including the use of interpreters);
- Maintaining client's records and files;
- Using organisational systems to log and monitor the progress of O&M programs;
- Client confidentiality;
- Code of Ethics governing the practice of a certified O&M instructors;
- Reflective practice.
Replacing Course(s)Nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMandatory course requirement is completion of EDUC6158 and EDUC6113.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Individual Supervision
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Completion of a practicum logbook documenting hours of experience
Practicum/PlacementCompetency-based evaluation. The equivalent of 45 days (270 hours) professional experience.
Contact HoursPracticum: for 270 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment limited to graduate students sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.
Compulsory Course ComponentCompletion of 270 hours practicum is compulsory.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6258