Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Disability policies and practice have often been more informed by values and ideology than evidence or theory. Contemporary disability practice is informed by multiple sources of knowledge derived from lived experience, theory and research evidence In this subject students will explore the unique contributions that each of these makes to effective practice. Students will also learn to identify the empirical or theoretical underpinnings of practice with individuals and design of programs and to judge the strength and weaknesses of these: Areas covered will be tailored to student interest and existing work places but may include, approaches to communications supports, person-centred active support, practice leadership, positive behaviour support, support for decision making, accommodation support, and skills teaching. Students will learn how to connect theories and evidence used in disability practice to other fields of health and social care and by a range of disciplines.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLincoln Humphreys

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsDIS504

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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. Synthesise information, concepts and theories surrounding areas of selected disability practice.
02. Interpret and transmit information about the different types of knowledge used in disability practice.
03. Reflect critically on the values and ideologies that inform contemporary aspects of disability practice.
04. Critically evaluate the effectiveness and impact of types of interventions or programs in disability practice.
05. Justify the need for an alternative intervention or program in disability practice.
06. Communicate research findings effectively and sensitively with colleagues, clients and the public.

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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-ordinatorLincoln Humphreys

Class requirements

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.

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.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Disability Research Landscape Review (1,500-word equivalent). Students to undertake a brief review of literature addressing a chosen topic and map underlying ideology/ values/ philosophies. Identify types and sources of knowledge and research approaches reflected in the literature gathered.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Foundations Essay (1,500-word equivalent). Differentiate between ideology, theory and evidence as foundations to a program intervention or approach seen in disability practice (i.e., a chosen topic).

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6

Agency Intervention or Program Evaluation (2,500 words). Evaluate a particular program intervention or approach that has been adopted in disability practice (i.e., chosen topic), including: the theory underpinning it, critique of the research and evidence. Consider translation/ transfer of knowledge to practice and policy. Discuss how it would be adopted in a current setting or identify and justify an alternate approach

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6