Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedSingapore Term 2 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Umesh Sharma


Inclusion of students with disabilities into regular school programs is a worldwide trend. This unit covers information on why inclusion is a better option for students with disabilities and what is required to make schools inclusive. The critical roles that school educators and parents play in making schools inclusive are also examined. The unit is primarily delivered using online mode.


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

  1. be aware of the implications of disabilities from an educational and developmental perspective
  2. understand the importance of educators' positive attitudes towards the inclusion of students with disabilities
  3. be familiar with adaptations necessary for the school setting and instructional style
  4. be familiar with the research and conceptual evidence in support of and against inclusive schooling
  5. understand the critical role played by teachers, principals and parents to make inclusive education a realistic possibility for all students
  6. be aware of physical and psychological characteristics of an inclusive classroom
  7. be informed about policy at the school, state and national level.


Written assignment (3000 words, 40%)
Class presentation (3000 words equivalent, 35%)
Additional tasks including reading tasks and online discussions (flexibly delivered) (2000 words equivalent, 25%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester/term comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week (flexibly delivered including online discussion)

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least fourteen hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students)

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

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