Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Provides an introduction to orientation and mobility theory (O & M) and the application of theory to problems relevant to practitioners of O & M who provide services to people with vision impairment. Topics covered will include: specification of orientation & mobility objectives, evaluation of ethical and legal frameworks, models of service delivery, theory and practice of O & M strategy and technique, and a comprehensive investigation and analysis of best practice in organisations providing low vision and blindness services.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Examine and critically analyse example of best practice service delivery and duty of care approaches;

2. Identify and describe the legal and ethical obligations of O & M service delivery;

3. Use basic and advanced technology when providing O & M services;

4. Narrate the approaches required to meet the O & M needs of clients experiencing a broad range of vision impairment conditions and issues;

5. Analyse and identify appropriated programs according to the clients' aetiology;

6. Define the concept of risk management and its importance to service delivery and client caseload management;

7. Review and critically analyse current professional literature.


Topics covered will include: Duty of care and legal framework; risk management and best practice service delivery; history of the Guide Dog Association, organisation models and practices (low vision/blindness), guiding techniques and independent travel; cane skills, technology of O&M, vision aetiology and mobility, sequencing skills to meet client objectives. Critical analysis of current professional literature.


Enrolment limited to cadets sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.

Assumed knowledge

An academic qualification acquired after three or four years at undergraduate study.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature Review

Written Assignment: Research Paper

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at scheduled classes is compulsory.