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ED5859 - Atypical Development

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Available to Master of Guidance and Counselling and Master of Education students.

This subject draws on an understanding of typical human development in order to investigate atypical human development. The subject uses a combination of theories and case studies to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of complex issues specific to atypical development. This subject gives opportunities for areas of atypical development study that are personally relevant to professional contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will be able to critically review, analyse and reflect on areas of skill strength and deficit with respect to professional practice and research principles in guidance and counselling and career development applications;
  • students will be proficient in interpretation, evaluation and conclusion justification to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders using advanced reading, writing, listening and advocacy skills;
  • students will demonstrate the ability to identify, theorize and design solutions to a range of range of atypical development issues exercising expert judgement and professional collaboration;
  • students will demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of normal patterns of human development including, ethical practice, as stipulated in the Australian Counselling Associations Code of Ethics and the Singapore Association for Counselling Code of Ethics;
  • students will define and recognize a range of atypical behaviours relating to the tropics, indigenous, multicultural, rural and regional wellbeing and their application in the guidance and counselling field, including career development.


External, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Robyn Anderson.
Contact hours:
  • 39 hours
    Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
    Assessment: educational factsheet (35%); time locked online quiz (25%); case studies (40%).

    JCU Singapore, Limited, Study Period 51
    Census Date 11-Apr-2019
    Face to face teaching (Face to face teaching dates to be advised)
    Coordinator: Dr Robyn Anderson
    Lecturer: Dr Geoffrey McNulty.
    Contact hours:
    • 39 hours
      Assessment: educational factsheet (35%); time locked online quiz (25%); case studies (40%).

      Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.