Course Title: Support students with multiple disabilities

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5290

Course Title: Support students with multiple disabilities

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 55.0

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360T Education

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace


Brunswick Campus


360T Education

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Course Contact: Soosan Kian

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9183

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course deals with the skills and knowledge required for education support workers to provide support to students who have multiple disabilities to assist these students to participate in their learning experiences and an array of other schoool activiites.  The course provides strategies to work with students with multiple disabilities or impairments in early, middle and senior years of schooling

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No specific pre-requisite and co-requisite.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCEDS509A Support students with multiple disabilities


1 Apply understanding of multiple disabilities (impairments)

2 Identify ways in which multiple disabilities can affect student development and learning and adaptive skills used by students

3 Provide support for students

4 Provide support to the teacher of students with multiple disabilities

Learning Outcomes

Students with multiple disabilities (or impairments) are significantly more disadvantaged in education than students with a single impairment.  Teaching and learning strategies effective for students with individual impairments may be less appropriate or effective where a student is coping with multiple challenges.  Empathy and advocacy communication skills underpin the competencies required by education support workers in this environment.  This work is to be undertaken with appropriate guidance, support and supervision by a nominated teacher.  On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:
• Direct observation of actual and simulated work practice
• Oral or written questioning
• Assignments and projects
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files
• Work-based activities
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc