Course Title: Teaching Children with Complex Needs

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching Children with Complex Needs

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Sam Vlcek

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9728

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.3

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course develops your knowledge and skills to work with children with complex and diverse learning needs and severe, profound disability conditions. You will explore strategies for working collaboratively with education aides and other learning and health support facilitators and review arrangements provided by schools and support agencies to meet learners’ needs. You will work in schools with class teachers and allied health providers, gaining experience in assessment, working in teams and developing and documenting individualised plans for successful learning.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

Learning Outcomes LOs

  1. Describe the needs of individuals with complex and often profound needs
  2. Discuss a range of conditions, how they may present, and how they may be managed
  3. Identify and design processes and planning needed to develop successful learning experiences for these learners to meet their potential
  4. Critically evaluate and analyse issues of inclusion and appropriateness of contextual support for children with special needs

In meeting these outcomes you will meet the program learning outcomes below: 

Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational 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 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 course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations and policies.


Assessment for this course include: 

Assessment 1

Case study 

Assessment 1: Case Study

Value: 50%

This Assignment allows the student to meet: LO. 1 and 2.

Assessment 2

Formal Report detailing PLSP and planning for 2 learning experiences for a child with complex needs

Value: 50%

This Assignment allows the student to meet: LO. 3 and 4

 You will complete a PLSP and plan 2 learning experiences suitable for that child.

You will describe the learning experiences and the critically analyse how the complex needs are accommodated for and lead to differentiation of classroom activities.

In describing the learning experience, you will describe what outcomes you would be looking for to demonstrate successful learning.

You will also discuss how the planned learning experiences may vary if you were in a mainstream or special school setting.

You will provide rationales for your learning experiences using academic references (journal articles and established chapters referring to research) (APA referencing required).

The assessment will be written as a formal report using APA 6th style.