Orientation and Mobility for Instructors in Training

10 Units

Providing an introduction to orientation and mobility (O&M) theory 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 O&M 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. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected 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.

Replacing Course(s) Not applicable
Assumed Knowledge An academic qualification acquired after three or four years at undergraduate study.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Orientation Exercise 2000 words
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Road Crossing Exercise 2000 words
Contact Hours
  • Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment limited to cadets sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.
  • Compulsory Course Component: Attendance at scheduled classes is compulsory.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC61581

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