Social-Communication, Behaviour and ASD

Subject EDUC90351 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville Campus

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 240 hours of non-contact commitment
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Dr Anna Bortoli


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: Students should understand the different theories and symptomology of autism; communication intervention, understanding behaviour and sensory processing, social competence needs; intervention in perspective taking; addressing social relationships; informal and formal assessment of social and communication skills; develop critical skills in functional analysis; designing behaviour support plans and accommodations required in the learning environment and working with social scripts.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • understand the condition of ASD, co-morbidity and its effect on social-communication and behaviour;
  • understand the effects of sensory processing differences; deficits in interactive perspective taking;
  • understand differences in behaviour management and their application to ASD;
  • develop effective intervention programs which are supported with sound research findings;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of a range of interventions;
  • adapt and differentiate social and learning environments.
Assessment: Assignments equivalent to 8,000 words (100 per cent)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Evaluate and apply new knowledge
  • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills in relation to behaviour and social-communication
  • Improve capacity and skills to review research
  • Debate practices and approaches to behaviour and social-communication
  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork when working with support teams in the design of behaviour and social-communication programs
  • Clearly communicate children's progress to families and professionals
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Special Education, Inclusion & Early Intervention)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Sp Ed, Inc & Erly Intv)

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