Communication,Social Skills & Disability

Subject EDUC90350 (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:

March, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours online component plus 12 hours of lectures
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.


Mrs Margaret Brown


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject addresses contemporary theories and research into the processes of learning, speech, language and social development; research into the effects of cognitive, sensory, physical and social-emotional impairment on learning, language and social skills; the use of observation and informal techniques to assess language and social-pragmatics, planning for intervention in the authentic environment, assessment of the learning and social environment, classification and assessment of preverbal and verbal behaviours; parent-child, teacher-child interaction and techniques for assessment; the research and application of augmentative communication
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Apply contemporary theories of language and social development;
  • Address the impact of disability on attention, social competence, language and social-pragmatics;
  • Apply effective data collecting techniques when observing the play, language and social competence of children and students with a disability;
  • Apply the use of multimodal or augmentative communication systems for children and students with a disability;
  • Apply the use of informal assessments to assist the programming of language and social skills programs;
  • Apply effective differentiated instruction and environmental modifications in the learning and social situations.
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, critical and problem solving techniques in relation to language and social skills intervention
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the impact of disability on language and social skill development
  • Improve capacity and skills to review research
  • Debate practices and approaches in communication and social skills intervention
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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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