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ED5859 - Atypical Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
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.

Subject Assessment

  • educational factsheet - (35%)
  • time locked online quiz - (25%)
  • case studies - (40%).


JCU Singapore, Study Period 51, Mixed attendance
Census Date 09-Apr-2020
Face to face teaching (Face to face teaching dates to be advised)
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours - Online engagement
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.