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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Christopher Boyle (off- and on-campus)


The psycho-educational study of exceptional children, adolescents and adults including learners with disabilities as well as those with academic and other talents. Topics include definitions and theoretical concepts, characteristics and classification, collaborative consultation and contemporary approaches to psychological and educational assessment and instructional planning across a range of human service systems. Legal, ethical and cross-cultural issues. Practical skills for facilitating effective communication and collaboration. In the research component, students revise and build on research writing and data analysis skills and present their own research work to date.


Upon successful completion of this unit, participants should have an understanding of the theoretical concepts and contemporary research that influences psychological and educational approaches for students with special needs within the current climate of inclusive education. They will have developed knowledge and skills appropriate to professional practice in collaboration with schools and community practitioners. Demonstrate knowledge of research methodology by developing a viable research proposal and/or carrying out and reporting the research project.


Research proposal/progress report (2000 words) 25%. Plus one research oriented class presentation, and accompanying paper of (2000 words) 25%. Plus one research case study assignment of (4000 words) 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Christopher Boyle

Contact hours

3 hours per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus students must attend a one (1) week Residential school


Successful completion of EDF6511 and successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four year sequence in psychology