Orientation and Mobility for Instructors in Training

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 20 day(s) per Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • General Course Requirements: 1. Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. (Attendance at scheduled classes is compulsory.)
Course Materials
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Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for EDUC6158
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