Advanced Theory and Practice in Orientation and Mobility

10 Units

Providing an in-depth examination of major orientation and mobility (O&M)theories and approaches necessary for delivering complex O&M services to people with multiple disabilities including vision impairment. Topics covered will include: identification and specification of complex O&M service delivery models and approaches; evaluation of ethical and legal frameworks in complex client service delivery; family and client-centred service delivery. RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Handbook at

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004


Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. Appreciate the importance of best practice service delivery and duty of care approaches in complex client cases;
  2. Understand the legal and ethical obligations of O&M service delivery;
  3. Use advanced electronic and sonar-based technology involved in providing O&M services to complex client-cases;
  4. Have a broad understanding of the approaches required to meet the O&M needs of clients experiencing a broad range of vision loss and multi-disabling medical conditions;
  5. Understand the concept of risk management and its importance to complex client service delivery;
  6. Critically appraise and analyse related professional literature.

Topics covered will include: Duty of care and legal framework in complex casework; risk management and best practice service delivery; advanced theory and practice of kinesiology; advanced theory and practice in tactual and haptic perception; psychosocial dimensions and theory of O&M; advanced O&M technology and GPS services; management approaches and administration of service delivery; and dog guides. Exposure to and analysis of current professional literature.

Replacing Course(s) Not applicable
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Case Study
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Case Studies - Critical analysis of leading professional journal articles
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Practical - Demonstration of skill and technique competencies
  • Seminar - In class presentation on a specialist topic area
Contact Hours
  • Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment limited to cadets sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6113

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