Course Title: Service Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Service Development

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Andrea Rosewarne

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257374

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.3.22

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for availability

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

An undergraduate degree

Course Description

Service Development is a ’flexibly delivered’ course designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the legislative bases of service provision for people with a disability. In order for students to fully understand the framework around which service provision is based, a detailed historical analysis of services will commence the subject. Methods of service provision as well as definitions and models of disability will be identified and students will further extend this knowledge through examination of the four fundamental paradigms; subjective and objective realities, and homogenous and heterogenous societ

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course aims to provide students with;
1 An overview of the history of how services have progressed through our history.
2 An understanding of skill development in people with an intellectual disability
3 An understanding of the legislative basis for service provision

Upon completion of the learning activities students will be expected to be able to;

Discuss the hisotry of service provision in Australia and specifically in Victoria

Discuss how and why services have evolved in an Australian context

Discuss what developmental programming is, and outline why it is important for people with disabilities

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will complete the subject through email and telephone discussion with the lecturer, through completion of exercises and activities associated with the package of reading materials developed for the subject, and through case studies and assignment work.

Students will be expected to take the lead role in determining the direction of the subject, and in what areas they would prefer to cover (within a broad framework of areas). Assessment topics will be negotiated with the student so as to ensure that particular interest areas are covered

Overview of Learning Resources

The students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the learning hub (also known as Online @ RMIT) and will be provided with reading lists or other sources of information. Students will also use the library resources and University computer facilities.

Overview of Assessment

Written assignments and case study analyses