Course Title: Professional Practices in Disability 2A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practices in Disability 2A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Philip Doecke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7864

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.1

Course Coordinator Availability: Please e-mail with several suggested times

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course will build upon capabilities developed in courses:

Professional Practices in Disability 1A

Professional Practices in Disability 1B

Introduction to Disability

Course Description

Professional Practices in Disability 2A (HWSS 2089) is one of series of ’professional practice’ courses that are conducted through the three years of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability). This particular course will focus on developing student knowledge, understanding, and skills in the assessment of client needs, together with the development, implementation, and evaluation of skill development programmes.
In addition, the course will introduce students to a variety of assessment procedures, including observation, interview, and psychometric assessment techniques. Students will also receive instruction in the development and implementation of focused, intentional teaching techniques for use in enhancing client skills and competence in a range of activities of daily living.
Study undertaken in Professional Practices in Disability 2A (HWSS 2089) is complemented and expanded upon through field placements undertaken by students, as part of Practicum 2A (HWSS 2099).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following capabilities:
(1) Reflective practice:

The ability to reflect on experience and critically evaluate the contribution of personal and professional practice to the goals and aspirations of the individuals with whom they work, together with the organisations and communities in which they work.

(2) An Introduction to evidence based practice:

The ability to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to inquiry and research that permit judgments and decisions to be clearly substantiated.
The ability ask the ’right’ questions and identify the information required that ensures decisions and judgments regarding support and interventions provided to people are based on current and best available research.

The ability to gather, synthesise and evaluate information that places practice within a global and local context.

(3) Problem solving and diagnosis:

The ability to apply knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in situations that range from simple and discrete to complex and ill-defined.

(4) Communication:

The ability to engage in dialogue with a diverse range of individuals and groups/teams including clients, professionals, and community groups.
The ability to communicate in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) and to tailor the style and means of communication to the circumstances of the situation and capabilities of the audience.

(5) Strategic thinking and action:

The ability to link strategic thinking with operational action – to use a holistic and long term perspective (strategic) to inform day to day (operational) decisions and actions.

The ability to deal with changing circumstances by integrating strategic and operational thinking and action in an ongoing cycle of researching, planning and evaluating.

(6) Integration of personal values with service values:

The ability to clearly articulate and apply an ethical position that guides personal behaviour in all aspects of professional practice.


At the end of this course, students who have attended lectures and tutorials, completed recommended readings and other assigned work are expected to be able to:

Analyse service delivery process and appraise what has been effective.

Conduct an appropriate assessment so the information gained will be able to be effectively used in the service delivery process.

Discuss the assessment process so that all people involved in the process are able to constructively contribute to the assessment process.

Complete a report that indicates the needs, strengths and aspirations of the person so it can be effectively used by the team.

Participate in teams of people with varying abilities to organise and identify services, programs and activities that would benefit the person with a disability.

Understand the principles of the Social Model of Disability

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will be introduced to the course material in a variety of formats. These include lectures, tutorials, and independent reading. Half of the teacher guided hours will be delivered in tutorial format, alternating with lectures. The tutorials supplement the lectures, and are intended to give students time to practice techniques and skills that they will use at their placements.

Lectures will include the dissemination of the theory and legislative requirements.

Tutorials will include discussion, practical examples and practice of the service delivery process.

Independent reading will complement the material covered in the above examples and assist with discussion in the tutorials.

Many of the topics covered in this course will complement the material taught in Practicum A (HWSS 2099), as many of practical examples will be implemented in their Practicum Placement.

Overview of Learning Resources

An overview of lecture material and references will be provided weekly.

Students will draw on and utilise experiences gained as part of their field placements, conducted as part of Practicum A (HWSS 2099). 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will include written reports, test, and exams.
The Assessment of Skills and Support Needs Report combines assessment information gathered from multiple sources. This should include engagement of the client, administration of formal and informal assessments (Listen to Me, and the Revised Irabeena Core Skills Assessment), consultation of the person’s file, and consultation with significant people in the person’s life. Worth 40% of the overall course grade, the Report is due by 1pm to Level 4 on the 21st of May.

A draft of the assessment will be made available to the students on myRMIT Studies after the first lecture, and will be explored in detail with the students during the tutorial of Week 3.

Students will be required to write a report on assessment. Details of this assessment task will be posted on My RMIT in week 2 and is worth 30% of the final grade.
The 2 hour exam is a combination of multiple choice, short, and long answer questions. Worth 40% of the overall grade for the subject, the exam will be scheduled in the university exam period. Date to be announced