Developmental Disabilities

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
  1. knowledge of 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
Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Two years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification
Modes of Delivery External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - 1. Summary and critical evaluation of selected course readings (4 x 15%) across the semester
  • Other: (please specify) - 2. Select one developmental disability and discuss the support implications for this disability, end of semester
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6087

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