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ED5859 - Atypical Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Available to Master of Guidance and Counselling, Master of Education and Graduate Certificate 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

  • 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;
  • communicate, evaluate and justify professional judgements and recommendations to specialist and non- specialist stakeholders using advanced reading, writing, listening and advocacy skills;
  • identify, theorise and design solutions to a range of atypical development issues, exercising expert judgement and professional collaboration;
  • describe normal patterns of human development in an ethical manner, consistent with Australian Counselling Association's Code of Ethics and the Singapore Association for Counselling Code of Ethics;
  • recognise and define a range of atypical behaviours relating to tropical, Indigenous, multicultural, rural and regional wellbeing, and their application to guidance and counselling, and career development.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (35%) - Individual
  • Written > Learning plan - (40%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Role play - (25%) - Individual.


JCU Singapore, Study Period 51, Mixed attendance
Census Date 06-Apr-2023
Face to face teaching (Face to face teaching dates to be advised)
Lecturer: Dr Kristina Burgetova.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 30 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Mr Ben Archer.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 10 hours online activity
  • 20 hours online Workshops - 10 weeks x 2 hrs
  • 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.