7 x 2.5-hour lectures per semester
1 Admission into BSE-Bachelor of Special Education
1a Admission into MDS-Master of Disability Studies
1b Admission into MEDEC-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies)
1c Admission into MEDCP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac)
1d Admission into MEDER-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment)
1e Admission into MEDGE-Master of Education (Gifted Education)
1f Admission into MEDIB-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate)
1g Admission into MEDLM-Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
1h Admission into MEDSA-Master of Education (Studies of Asia)
1i Admission into MEDSE-Master of Education (Special Education)
1j Admission into MEDECP-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies) [1.5 years]
1k Admission into MEDWS-Master of Education
1l Admission into GCEVI-Graduate Certificate in Education (Vision Impairment)
1m Admission into GCESE-Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education)
1n Admission into GCEWS-Graduate Certificate in Education
1o Admission into MEDCPP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac) [1.5 years]
1p Admission into MEDERP-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment) [1.5 years]
1q Admission into MEDGEP-Master of Education (Gifted Education) [1.5 years]
1r Admission into MEDIBP-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) [1.5 years]
1s Admission into MEDSEP-Master of Education (Special Education) [1.5 years]
1t Admission into MEDLMP-Master of Education (Leadership and Management) [1.5 years]
1u Admission into MEDSAP-Master of Education (Studies of Asia) [1.5 years]
1v Admission into MEDWSP-Master of Education [1.5 years]
1w Admission into MEDWM-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
1x Admission into MEDWMP-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) [1.5 years]
1y Admission into MDPP-Master of Disability Policy and Practice
1z Admission into MDPPA-Master of Disability Policy and Practice [1.5 years]
2 Admission into GCE-VIMP-Vision Impairment
2a Admission into GCE-VIMP-TR-GradCertEd(Vision Impairment) transition study plan
2b Admission into GCE-SPED-Special Education
3 Admission into MED-CPEP-Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
3a Admission into MED-EREA-Educational Research, Evaluation and Assessment
3b Admission into MED-GFED-Gifted Education
3c Admission into MED-IB-International Baccalaureate
3d Admission into MED-LDMG-Leadership and Management
3e Admission into MED-SJED-Social Justice in Education
3f Admission into MED-SPED-Special Education
3g Admission into MED-STAS-Studies of Asia
3h Admission into MED-WSPC-Without Specialisation
4 EDSP9010 - Studies in Vision Impairment 1
4a 1.000 of EDUC9541, EDUC8541
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t or 1u or 1v or 1w or 1x or 1y or 1z)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b)) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c or 3d or 3e or 3f or 3g or 3h))) and ((4 or 4a))
Enrolment not permitted
EDSP9046 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
An understanding of the impact of vision impairment on learning and approaches to teaching and learning for this group of students.
Topic description
This topic is designed to provide students with an introduction to theory and research in Orientation and Mobility, with a focus on the knowledge and understanding of the various facets of Orientation and Mobility. Students will critically examine the current issues within the profession and environmental modifications for vision impaired clients and those with vision impairment and other disabilities.

The program of study is divided into four sections: the human systems; mobility systems; the learner; and the progression of the profession. The readings have been selected to complement the text and add new ideas and examine issues from differing perspectives.

You are not permitted to enrol in this topic if EDSP9046 has already been completed.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • provide students with advanced knowledge relating to the theory and Practice of orientation and mobility
  • examine how vision contributes to mobility, and the impact of loss of vision on independent travel and loss of independence
  • provide an overview of the systems of Orientation and Mobility and equip students with knowledge and understanding of the use of the different types of canes and mobility devices
  • address the competencies required by Orientation and Mobility instructors for the effective practice of Orientation and Mobility
  • discuss the psychosocial dimensions of Orientation and Mobility

  • explore instructional methods, strategies and assessment procedures used in Orientation and Mobility training
Expected learning outcomes
On completing this topic students will be able to:

  • discuss critical aspects of the theory and practice of orientation and mobility and explain the role of an Orientation and Mobility teacher

  • define terms relevant to orientation and mobility such as proprioception, kinaesthetic awareness and vestibular system

  • explain how vision contributes to mobility, and how a loss of vision impacts on independent travel and independence

  • describe the four systems of Orientation and mobility and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each

  • explain types of assessment and the purpose of assessment in relation to Orientation and Mobility skills

  • teach body concepts, and spatial concepts as they relate to orientation and mobility

  • discuss the psychosocial dimensions of Orientation and Mobility