Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Person Centred planning and practice has become a catch all phase referring to the development and implementation of effective individualised support plans for people with disability. This subject explores the different contexts and types of individualised plans that professionals may be required to utilise and the key skills and elements of the planning process. These will include effective communication, including verbal and non-verbal techniques, strategies for identifying needs and resources, and using multiple theoretical stances to provide insights into different perspectives on needs.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTal Araten-Bergman

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesYou will undertake a range of learning activities including online forum discussions, oral presentations and the development of an individualised support plan. These are designed to enable you to  achieve knowledge and understanding in alignment with the subject’s intended learning outcomes.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsDIS503

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Planning and support for people with intellectual disability: Issues for case managers and other professionals.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBigby, C., Fyffe, C., & Ozanne, E.



PublisherJessica Kingsley and UNSW Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Social work and intellectual disability: Working to support change

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBigby, C., & Frawley, C.





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Differentiate the elements of an effective individualised support plan.
02. Critically evaluate various individualised support plans for people with cognitive disabilities.
03. Reflect on how to work with a person with cognitive disability to develop a person centred support plan.
04. Work autonomously and as part of a team to develop an individualised support plan for a person with cognitive disability.
05. Communicate effectively and sensitively a support plan to a person with cognitive disability, their family and carers.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTal Araten-Bergman

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Three 1.00 hour unscheduled online class every three weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 10.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Forum participation and contribution.
Students to participate in at least 3 forum discussions, aimed at understanding support plans. 

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

10-minute Presentation of Support Plan
Students to use online tool to present and record their plan.

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Individualised Support Plan (2,500-words equivalent). 

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5