Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kate De Bruin


This unit prepares 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 are presented. Students 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 are also 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
  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.


Class presentation (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Essay (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)