Practicum in Orientation and Mobility

10 Units

The practicum will provide students with opportunities to gain exposure to O&M programs and teaching situations under the guidance and assistance of an experienced instructor. Students will receive a gradual induction into the profession of O&M. Students will have opportunities to work with clients with VI and multidisabilities from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students will be required to plan, implement, and evaluate a broad range of mobility programs, with significant consideration given to professional ethics and reflective practice. 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 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012

Learning Outcomes

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

1 Independently plan, deliver, and evaluate long cane, id cane, and support cane programs; 2 Deliver cane programs in domicillary environments or the environment of the client’s choice; 3 Maintain client-related records / documentation; 4 Demonstrate professional ethics and reflective practice.


Topics will include:

  • Planning, delivering, and evaluating cane programs;
  • Tactile mapping;
  • Effective communication with clients and related professionals (including the use of interpreters);
  • Maintaining client’s records and files;
  • Using organisational systems to log and monitor the progress of O&M programs;
  • Client confidentiality;
  • Code of Ethics governing the practice of a certified O&M instructors;
  • Reflective practice.
Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Assumed Knowledge Mandatory course requirement is completion of EDUC6158 and EDUC6113.
Assessment Items
  • Other: (please specify) - Completion of a practicum logbook documenting hours of experience
  • Practicum/Placement - Competency-based evaluation. The equivalent of 45 days (270 hours) professional experience.
Contact Hours
  • Practicum: for 270 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment limited to graduate students sponsored by the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who seek to become qualified agency employees.
  • Compulsory Course Component: Completion of 270 hours practicum is compulsory.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC62582

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