The Associate Degree in Disability and Community Practice requires 2 years of full-time study (or the equivalent part time). The course is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The course articulates with the 108-unit Bachelor of Disability and Community Inclusion and the 144-unit Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education, and the sequentially developed topics enable progression through the three awards.
The course is also available as an exit award from the following courses, subject to meeting the requirements in the Program of Study below:
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
The Associate Degree in Disability and Community Practice is focused on promoting the rights of people with disability to inclusive lives and to building an effective and respectful support workforce allied with this aim.
The program provides students with work-relevant skills and knowledge they can apply in a wide range of contexts in disability, health and human services fields.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- understand and activate human rights in the lives of people with disability
- work in alliance with people with disability, their families and advocates to promote inclusion and quality in life
- promote the physical and emotional well-being of people with disability
- recommend and teach functional skills such as social, self-care, recreation, communication and language, and employment skills
- develop and implement positive learning and lifestyle support plans
- support people with disability to access and maintain meaningful employment
- use advocacy, negotiation and person-centred planning skills to facilitate community inclusion with and for people with disability
Program of study
To qualify for the Associate Degree in Disability and Community Practice, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study set out below.
Not all topics are necessarily available each year.
Upon completion of 36 units a student may choose to exit with Diploma in Disability and Community Practice, subject to meeting the program of study for that award.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or failure to complete the course within four consecutive years, may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Core - Year 1 topics
31.5 units comprising:
DSRS1201 Perspectives on Disability (4.5 units)
DSRS1202 Disability Across the Life Course (4.5 units)
DSRS1211 Introduction to Disability and Neurodiversity (4.5 units)
DSRS1215 Introduction to Communication Diversity and Support Needs (4.5 units)
DSRS1217 The Disability Landscape (4.5 units)
DSRS1218 Critical Issues in Disability Practice (4.5 units)
HLTH1010 Research and Study Skills 1 (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus 4.5 units of option topics selected from the following list:
EDUC1224 Foundations of Special Education (4.5 units)
GOVT1001 Fundamentals of Public Policy (4.5 units)
INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)
INNO1004 Creative Thinking & Problem Solving: Finding & Framing Problems Worth Solving (4.5 units)
PSYC1108 The Psychology of Surviving and Thriving (4.5 units)
SOAD1010 Mental Health and Public Participation (4.5 units)
SOCI1010 Sociology of Everyday Life (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising:
DSRS1206 Disability: Health and Well-being (4.5 units)
DSRS1216 Introduction to Principles of Learning and Instruction (4.5 units)
DSRS2220 Family and Professional Partnerships (4.5 units)
DSRS2232 Practicum 1 (4.5 units)
DSRS2234 Instructional Strategies (4.5 units)
DSRS2235 Professional Ethics (4.5 units)
DSRS2237 Employment & Disability (4.5 units)
HLTH2107 Research and Study Skills 2 (4.5 units)