Course Title: Working with Disability Support Networks

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Working with Disability Support Networks

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Nicky Carr

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7802

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will investigate how the child with special needs is best supported by a multi-dimensional / multi-faceted approach to successful learning for life. You will explore how inclusive practices in your teaching extend beyond the classroom to involve the range of professionals who provide support services to those with disability, including a child’s family, carers, allied health providers (therapists), medical providers (paediatricians). The roles of the family, the needs of the individual will be discussed and reviewed in the context of support provided by the Education Department of Victoria, Department of Human Services, the evolving National Disability Insurance Scheme and other government and advocacy groups such as CALD and STAR.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the needs and issues faced by the family of the child with disability
  • Recognise the key professional skills involved for working effectively with families and care-givers
  • Discuss and critically review the scope and roles of teachers and schools in supporting those with disability and their families
  • Evaluate the learner’s needs, and provide meaningful feedback
  • Plan for and design successful inclusive practices in the classroom
  • Describe and critically review organisational support for learners with special needs in the community to.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Communicate using a range of formats and strategies to audiences within and external to the discipline of education.
  • Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills required in working successfully with learners with additional needs.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1