The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand 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


  1. 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

Assumed knowledge

Two years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Issue Analysis in Online Discussion

Presentation: Presentations: Class

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term