Advanced Studies in Vision Impairment

Course code EDUC6669Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

The course extends and develops concepts and learning introduced in EDUC6668 Foundations of Vision Impairment, with a particular focus on individuals and groups with complex support needs. Further development of the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the substantial challenges for individual, family and community arising from blindness and vision impairment will occur.

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.Provide support to vision impaired clients and their families through the ongoing clinical diagnostic process
2.Demonstrate a high level of understanding regarding complex medical conditions and vision impairment
3.Demonstrate understanding of the impact of neurological insult on the body systems
4.Communicate appropriately with clients, their families and other professionals regarding individual needs related to vision impairment.
ContentTopics will include:
1. Overview of diagnosis of disability and brain injury within the medical model;
2. Characteristics of vision impairment due to neurological aetiology;
3. Characteristics of vision impairment due to adventitious aetiology;
4. Perceptions of vision impairment from clinical assessment;
5. Perceptions of vision impairment from functional perspectives;
6. Models of Australian low vision service provision.
Replacing Course(s)Nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEDUC6668
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Online Discussion
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6669