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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kate de Bruin


In recent years there has been a marked increase in the number of children and adolescents with special needs entering the regular school. This unit will introduce the diverse range of students with disabilities and impairments who have a significant representation in today's classroom. Specialised topics will be presented which will give a broad overview to the field of special education.


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

  1. demonstrate awareness of the implications of disabilities from an educational and developmental perspective
  2. explain the wide range of varying abilities of students
  3. recommend appropriate adaptations necessary for the school setting and instructional style
  4. develop and implement inclusive curriculum strategies
  5. locate, interpret and apply policy at the school, state, national and international level.


Essay (2400 words equivalent, 60%)
Class presentation (online for off-campus) (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

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.) Requirements for off-campus students

  • off-campus students will be required to complete a number of online tasks

(c.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)