1 x 1.5-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1.5-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 8-hour independent study weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line exercises weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of DSRS3113, DSRS9063 has been successfully completed
Assignments, quiz, on-line exercises
Topic description

This topic is designed to provide beginning insights into autism spectrum disorders through a balanced perspective of family (including the individual with autism/Asperger syndrome), community, educational and employment issues. Quality of life issues for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families will be highlighted throughout the topic.

Educational aims

This topic aims for students to have broad and current knowledge of:

  • Key characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the strengths and challenges associated with the diagnosis, across the lifespan for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and other key stakeholders
  • Best practice in the field of ASD, including assessments and interventions
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss key concepts related to ASD
  2. Apply best practice concepts in ASD, including educating and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and other key stakeholders across the lifespan
  3. Analyse and interpret literature on specific areas of intervention related to ASD

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.