Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

Credit points for award: 24
Off-campus: Full-time, minimum 2 semester; part-time, minimum 2 semesters

Full-time mode (new admission suspended from 2018)

Semester 1
GSDD5001 Critical Issues-Developmental Disability

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: participation in online discussion groups (20%), assignment 1 (30%), assignment 2 - case study and analysis (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
As potential leaders in the field of developmental disability, students undertaking this unit will develop a framework for considering the major concepts in the field from a variety of viewpoints. This unit forms a conceptual underpinning for the Developmental Disability course and introduces students to basic concepts such as language and disability, and models of intervention. The unit takes a life-span approach and deals with topics from birth and diagnosis to end of life, with a focus on key transitions at different life stages. Also covered are historical developments, biopsychosocial aspects, family issues, and legal issues such as guardianship.
Textbooks
Grant, G., Ramcharan, P., Flynn, M. and Richardson, M. (Eds.) (2010). Learning disability: A life cycle approach (2nd ed.). Maidenhead, England: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
One Developmental Disability studies elective [6] (see note 2)
Electives [6] (see note 3)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 18 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
GSDD5200 Disability Theory

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Gwynnyth Llewellyn Session: Semester 2 Classes: Web based, no on campus attendance required Assessment: Participation in online discussion groups (20%), 2000wd essay (30%) and 3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is offered as an elective to students enrolled prior to 2013. For commencing students in 2013 onwards it is a core equirement.
Students will examine a range of historical and contemporary theoretical views of disability, and the way that these views inform personal and societal responses to disability. Perspectives covered will include (but not be limited to) the human rights approach; biopsychosocial perspectives including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); the social model of disability, and cultural perspectives. Students will examine international developments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2006), the World Report on Disability (World Bank and WHO, 2011) and the WHO Global Action Plan on Disability 2014-2020. Australian disability legislation and policies will be critiqued to identify the theoretical approaches, values and power relations underpinning these initiatives.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 6 CREDIT POINTS

Part-time mode (new admission suspended from 2018)

Semester 1
GSDD5001 Critical Issues-Developmental Disability

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: participation in online discussion groups (20%), assignment 1 (30%), assignment 2 - case study and analysis (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
As potential leaders in the field of developmental disability, students undertaking this unit will develop a framework for considering the major concepts in the field from a variety of viewpoints. This unit forms a conceptual underpinning for the Developmental Disability course and introduces students to basic concepts such as language and disability, and models of intervention. The unit takes a life-span approach and deals with topics from birth and diagnosis to end of life, with a focus on key transitions at different life stages. Also covered are historical developments, biopsychosocial aspects, family issues, and legal issues such as guardianship.
Textbooks
Grant, G., Ramcharan, P., Flynn, M. and Richardson, M. (Eds.) (2010). Learning disability: A life cycle approach (2nd ed.). Maidenhead, England: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
Developmental Disability studies elective [6] or relevant to specialisation, from across the Faculty or University (see notes 2 & 3)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
GSDD5200 Disability Theory

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Gwynnyth Llewellyn Session: Semester 2 Classes: Web based, no on campus attendance required Assessment: Participation in online discussion groups (20%), 2000wd essay (30%) and 3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is offered as an elective to students enrolled prior to 2013. For commencing students in 2013 onwards it is a core equirement.
Students will examine a range of historical and contemporary theoretical views of disability, and the way that these views inform personal and societal responses to disability. Perspectives covered will include (but not be limited to) the human rights approach; biopsychosocial perspectives including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); the social model of disability, and cultural perspectives. Students will examine international developments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2006), the World Report on Disability (World Bank and WHO, 2011) and the WHO Global Action Plan on Disability 2014-2020. Australian disability legislation and policies will be critiqued to identify the theoretical approaches, values and power relations underpinning these initiatives.
Developmental Disability studies elective [6] or relevant to specialisation, from across the Faculty or University (see notes 2 & 3)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 12 CREDIT POINTS
Notes
1. GSDD5001 must be taken in the first semester of enrolment. GSDD5200 must be taken in the second semester of enrolment.
2. Choose electives totalling a minimum of 6 credit points from the Developmental Disability Electives List below
3. Choose electives up to 6 credit points, relevant to course specialisation, from across the Faculty or University

Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability)

Credit points for award: 72
Off-campus: Full-time, minimum 3 semesters; Part-time, minimum 6 semesters
Core Units (new admission suspended from 2018)
Complete 12 credit points from the following
GSDD5001 Critical Issues-Developmental Disability

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: participation in online discussion groups (20%), assignment 1 (30%), assignment 2 - case study and analysis (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
As potential leaders in the field of developmental disability, students undertaking this unit will develop a framework for considering the major concepts in the field from a variety of viewpoints. This unit forms a conceptual underpinning for the Developmental Disability course and introduces students to basic concepts such as language and disability, and models of intervention. The unit takes a life-span approach and deals with topics from birth and diagnosis to end of life, with a focus on key transitions at different life stages. Also covered are historical developments, biopsychosocial aspects, family issues, and legal issues such as guardianship.
Textbooks
Grant, G., Ramcharan, P., Flynn, M. and Richardson, M. (Eds.) (2010). Learning disability: A life cycle approach (2nd ed.). Maidenhead, England: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
GSDD5200 Disability Theory

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Gwynnyth Llewellyn Session: Semester 2 Classes: Web based, no on campus attendance required Assessment: Participation in online discussion groups (20%), 2000wd essay (30%) and 3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is offered as an elective to students enrolled prior to 2013. For commencing students in 2013 onwards it is a core equirement.
Students will examine a range of historical and contemporary theoretical views of disability, and the way that these views inform personal and societal responses to disability. Perspectives covered will include (but not be limited to) the human rights approach; biopsychosocial perspectives including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); the social model of disability, and cultural perspectives. Students will examine international developments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2006), the World Report on Disability (World Bank and WHO, 2011) and the WHO Global Action Plan on Disability 2014-2020. Australian disability legislation and policies will be critiqued to identify the theoretical approaches, values and power relations underpinning these initiatives.
Elective Units
Students must complete 54 credit points* of elective units comprising:
A minimum of 30cp chosen from the Developmental Disability Electives list below
A maximum of 24cp of elective units, chosen from the Faculty electives list, or from across the Faculty or University, with approval of the Course Director
Capstone units
As their Capstone experience students can select GSDD5006 (6cp), or GSDD5009 (12cp) or GSDD5021 & GSDD5022 (12cp), subject to meeting academic requirements for enrolment
GSDD5006 Inquiry Topic

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Online Assessment: Project proposal (15%)and Final report (85%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Enrolment in or satisfactory completion of all core units of study for the Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) is required. This unit is not available to Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Developmental Disability) students.
This unit of study in the Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) forms a capstone for Master's students. The purpose of this unit of study is to provide the student with the opportunity to investigate an area relevant to theory, practice and professional interests in developmental disability. The outcome of this inquiry topic is a comprehensive paper that may involve an extended literature analysis and critical review (or another mutually agreed format) of the chosen topic. This unit must be taken toward the end of the student's course, typically as a final or near final unit of study. Students must discuss their topic with the unit coordinator, who will organise a suitable supervisor. Approval from the coordinator is required prior to enrolling in this unit.
or
GSDD5009 Dissertation

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Online with independent directed study Assessment: 1000wd proposal (10%), 11000 word research essay or research proposal (90%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: NB: Not available to students enrolled in Graduate Certificate (Developmental Disability) course. Enrolment in or satisfactory completion of all core units of study for the Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) is required. Students must have achieved an average result of 75% (distinction) or better across all units of study to be eligible to enrol. Subject to the availability of appropriate supervision.
Dissertation is an opportunity to undertake an advanced investigation in a topic or issue in developmental disability through the development of either a proposal for independent research on that topic or a substantial paper that demonstrates the application of scholarly literature to an important issue. On completion of this unit, students will have gained research skills and experience of formulating a problem, of designing a study using the most appropriate methodology, and of drawing conclusions. Thus, the dissertation will provide an ideal preparation for those who choose to go on to postgraduate research. This unit forms a capstone for Masters students and must be taken toward the end of the students course, typically as a final or near final unit of study. Students must initially develop a short proposal and discuss this with the unit coordinator, who will organise a suitable supervisor. Approval from coordinator is required prior to enrolling in this unit.
or
GSDD5021 Dissertation Part 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Online with independent directed study Assessment: Completion of Dissertation Part 1 Checklist A or Checklist B (Pass/Fail) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Satisfactory completion of or enrolment in all core units of study for the Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) is required prior to enrolment in this unit. Students must have achieved an average result of 75% (distinction) or better across all completed Master's units of study to be eligible to enrol. Subject to the availability of appropriate supervision.
Dissertation Part 1 is the first part of a two-semester capstone sequence (with Dissertation Part 2) that provides an opportunity for students to undertake an advanced investigation on a topic or issue. This could be through the development of either a proposal for independent empirical research on that topic or a substantial paper, such as a literature review, that demonstrates the application of scholarly literature to a practical problem. On completion of this two-unit sequence, students will have gained research skills and experience of formulating a problem, of designing a study using the most appropriate methodology, and of drawing conclusions. Thus, the Dissertation will provide an ideal preparation for those who choose to go on to postgraduate research. Dissertation Part 1 is a prerequisite for Dissertation Part 2.
and
GSDD5022 Dissertation Part 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Online with independent directed study Prerequisites: GSDD5021 Assessment: Project proposal (1,500 words) prepared as part of Dissertation Part 1 (15%); project report (6000 words) (85%). The project report incorporates material (e.g., literature review) prepared as part of Dissertation Part 1. Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Not available to students enrolled in Graduate Certificate (Developmental Disability) course. Satisfactory completion of or enrolment in all core units of study for the Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability) is required prior to enrolment in this unit. Students must have achieved an average result of 75% (distinction) or better across all units of study to be eligible to enrol. Enrolment is subject to availability of an appropriate supervisor.
Dissertation Part 2 is the second part of a two-semester capstone sequence (with Dissertation Part 1) that provides an opportunity to undertake an advanced investigation on a topic or issue through the development of either a proposal for independent empirical research on that topic or a substantial paper, such as a literature review, that demonstrates the application of scholarly literature to a practical problem. On completion of this two-unit sequence, students will have gained research skills and experience of formulating a problem, of designing a study using the most appropriate methodology, and of drawing conclusions. Thus, the Dissertation will provide an ideal preparation for those who choose to go on to postgraduate research. Dissertation Part 1 is a prerequisite for Dissertation Part 2.
*Students completing GSDD5009 or GSDD5021 & GSDD5022 as their capstone experience need only complete 48cp of elective units, as per requirements above.
COURSE TOTAL: 72 CREDIT POINTS

Developmental Disability Electives

Graduate Studies in Developmental Disability

(new admission suspended from 2018)
Availability of electives may vary from year to year and will generally be available every second year.
GSDD5007 Communication and Developmental Disability

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andy Smidt Session: Semester 2 Classes: Web-based learning: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: Written assignment 1800wd (30%), Written assignment 3000wd (50%) and participation in online discussion groups (20%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit introduces students to the empirical literature on communication issues for people with developmental disability. Students will be introduced to the communication issues that impact on the lives of people with developmental disability and those who support them, functional communication assessment and intervention strategies, and the importance of multimodal communication systems in facilitating community participation.
GSDD5011 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andy Smidt Session: Semester 2 Classes: Web-based learning: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: Participation in online discussion groups (20%) and assignments (80%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit focuses students' understanding of autism spectrum disorders across the life span in both historical and current contexts. The unit will cover topical issues in autism including but not limited to: 'autism spectrum or spectra': exploring issues of definition, assessment and diagnosis in autism; current understanding of brain pathology in autism; changes in treatment and management of autism over time; 'from research to practice': exploring the relationship between empirical information and the management of autism across the life span; 'beyond the Triad': exploring what we now know about the underlying characteristics of autism, which inform observable autistic behaviours; 'crossing the boundaries': and issues in the provision of a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to the assessment and management of autism.
GSDD5012 Positive Behaviour Support:Promoting QOL

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1 Classes: Web-based learning: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: Participation in online discussion groups (20%) and assignments (1x30%) (1x50%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit provides students with a contemporary understanding of assessment, intervention and evaluation techniques relevant to the support of people with developmental disability whose behaviour is challenging, or of concern. Challenging behaviour comprises any behaviour that is a barrier to the person participating in and contributing to their community; that undermines the person's rights, dignity and quality of life; and poses a risk to their health and safety and/or the safety of those with whom they live or work. Biological, psychological, social and community causes of challenging behaviour will be discussed. Ecological, functional and clinical approaches to assessment and support planning will be covered, as will the evaluation of quality of life outcomes. Legal and ethical issues will also be addressed.
GSDD5013 Community Living

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 2 Classes: Web-based training: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: Assignment 1x 2,500 words (40%), Assignment 2x 2,500 words (40%), Contribution to online discussion (20%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit provides students with an understanding of contemporary issues in provision of community living services to people with a developmental disability. Topics to be covered include: Deinstitutionalisation and community living. Differing approaches to provision of accommodation support in the community both in Australia and internationally. The funding, legislative and regulatory environment in which community living services currently operate. Quality service provision in community living, with a focus on resident outcomes, and the evaluation and management of quality. Values underpinning community living and quality service. The Active Support Model and quality provision of community living services. Self-determination. National and international data on provision of community living services.
GSDD5014 Parenting with Developmental Disability

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Gwynnyth Llewellyn Session: Semester 1 Classes: Web-based, no on-campus attendance required Assessment: Participation in online discussion groups (20%), 2000wd essay (30%) and 3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit introduces students to the challenges and achievements typically found in the lives of parents with a developmental disability and their children. Students will critically examine 'popular' and professional narratives about, and responses to parents with a developmental disability in current and historical contexts. Students will become familiar with the empirical literature on parenting with a developmental disability to understand the social and environmental influences on parents and their children, parenting capability and child outcomes, evidence based parenting interventions, and inclusion and participation in the community.
Textbooks
Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D., Traustadottir, R., and Sigurjonsdottir, H. (Eds.) (2010). Parents with intellectual disabilities: Past, present and futures. West Sussex: Wiley.
GSDD5015 Physical Health-Developmental Disability

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Seeta Durvasula Session: Semester 1 Classes: Web-based learning: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: Participation in online discussion groups (20%), 2000wd assignment (35%) and 3000wd assignment (45%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit provides an overview of the main physical health conditions, health care and wellness in people with developmental disability. Topics include mortality and life span; genetics of developmental disability, including important syndromes and their relevant features; an examination of major conditions such as epilepsy, sensory impairments, endocrinological disorders, gastro-oesophageal and nutritional problems. This unit will also consider historical perspectives and emerging trends in the delivery of integrated health care to people with developmental disability, including a focus on wellness. Students will also examine theoretical models of health care within a life-stage and transitional framework.
GSDD5016 Sexuality and Developmental Disability

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1 Classes: Web-based training: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: Assignment 1 (35%), Assignment 2 (45%) and participation in online discussion groups (20%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit will provide students with knowledge about the sexual lives of people with developmental disability. Students will become aware of the range of sexual issues that people with developmental disability face across the lifespan. The issues include sexual health and hygiene, legal and ethical issues, masturbation, use of pornography, sexual opportunities and choices, pregnancy and contraception, sexual abuse, sexual offending, sex education, use of sex workers, and the policy framework of disability services. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyse approaches/programs and formal services in relation to the sexual lives of people with a developmental disability, their family members, carers or advocates and assist them to understand, appreciate and support the realisation of a healthy sexual life for people with developmental disability.
GSDD5018 Mental Health - Developmental Disability

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1 Classes: Web-based learning: no on-campus attendance required Assessment: Assignment 1 (40%), assignment 2 (40%), contribution to online discussion (20%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit examines mental health issues in people with developmental disability, including the major psychiatric conditions, behavioural phenotypes, and challenging behaviour across the lifespan. A practical, multi-disciplinary approach to prevention, assessment and management will be discussed. Students will also critically review the factors influencing mental health care and mental health care access for people with developmental disability. Students will have the opportunity to examine a topic of individual interest in further depth.
GSDD5200 Disability Theory

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Gwynnyth Llewellyn Session: Semester 2 Classes: Web based, no on campus attendance required Assessment: Participation in online discussion groups (20%), 2000wd essay (30%) and 3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is offered as an elective to students enrolled prior to 2013. For commencing students in 2013 onwards it is a core equirement.
Students will examine a range of historical and contemporary theoretical views of disability, and the way that these views inform personal and societal responses to disability. Perspectives covered will include (but not be limited to) the human rights approach; biopsychosocial perspectives including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); the social model of disability, and cultural perspectives. Students will examine international developments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2006), the World Report on Disability (World Bank and WHO, 2011) and the WHO Global Action Plan on Disability 2014-2020. Australian disability legislation and policies will be critiqued to identify the theoretical approaches, values and power relations underpinning these initiatives.
REHB5084 Work and Developmental Disability

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Assessment: Field research project 2000wd (40%), online examination (30%), online tutorial participation (30%) Mode of delivery: Online
This is a transdisciplinary unit of study on the role of work (including voluntary work) in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and the state of practice, policy, theory and research in facilitating full participation in these roles. Both inclusive and segregated employment are encompassed as work. The unit will focus on the full age span of work life: transition to work, issues involved in obtaining and maintaining employment, as well as transition from work to retirement. These issues will include work training and support, work-related skills (e.g., travel skills), adaptations of work processes and environments, social inclusion and social interactions at work, industrial relations, wages systems (including productivity-based wages), job loss and return to work, career pathways and development, and the relevant policy and social context. Work-related rights, such as employment discrimination and income support entitlements will be addressed.
Note
Electives can be taken from any currently offered across the University of Sydney or at other universities. Typically elective units will be taken from those currently on offer within the Faculty of Health Sciences - see [[http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/health_sci/postgraduate/coursework/faculty_electives.shtml||Faculty Electives]], the Faculty of Medicine including Dentistry and Nursing and The University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Selection of elective units must be done in consultation with the course director and approved by the head of the academic unit(s) in which the units of study are offered.