Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This unit will prepare students to work with learners with complex needs, including but not limited to those with multiple disabilities, and those whose disabilities (physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, language and/or social) may require a high level of support. Evidence-based strategies for curriculum design and the use of technology will be presented. Students will learn about various resources and supports available in schools and the community to assist with the learning and teaching of students with complex needs. Approaches to working with teaching assistants, other specialists and families will also be covered.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the implications of teaching students with complex needs in a variety of educational settings and across the school years,
  2. develop skills in curriculum design and the use of technology to support the educational needs of students with complex needs,
  3. identify community and school resources and supports available for students with complex needs, and
  4. understand the role of, and develop skills to collaborate with, other personnel, including teacher assistants, other specialists and family members when working with students with complex needs.


Assessment Task 1: Class presentation; (equivalent to 2000 words, 50%) & Assessment Task 2: Essay; (2000 words, 50%)

Contact hours

Contact 2 hrs/week; private study 10 hrs/week