Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Christopher Boyle


This unit concerns effective practice in the psycho-educational assessment and support of exceptional children, adolescents and adults including learners with disabilities as well as those with academic and other talents. It explores debates around crucial issues involved in working across a range of human service systems. Topics include reviewing different contemporary models and acquiring the skills required for the practice of educational and developmental psychology: professional consultation and collaboration, working with individuals, understanding systems such as school systems and disability services, and at the levels of international, federal and state policy. Consideration will also be given to the practice models in line with government disability assessments and related legal and ethical principles, as well as cross-cultural issues and social justice issues such as inclusion. The unit includes a research component to build research writing and data analysis skills.


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

  • understand contemporary theoretical concepts and related research, as well as inclusive, legal, ethical and systemic factors influencing psychological and educational approaches for assisting adjustment and acceptance of exceptionality
  • demonstrate knowledge and apply a range of skills appropriate to collaborative professional practice with schools, community practitioners and other organisations across a range of systems
  • understand the nature, identification and adjustments associated with learning difficulties and exceptional abilities
  • apply an appropriate research methodology in the field of Educational and Developmental Psychology demonstrated by developing a viable research proposal in preparation for a forthcoming research project.


Three forms of assessment; one of which may comprise participation in class and a sequence of online quizzes.
Assessment 1: 2500 words equivalent; 30%
Assessment 2: 2800 words equivalent; 35%
Assessment 3: 2800 words equivalent; 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

24 hours per week including 3 hours contact per week


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