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ED5859 - Atypical Development

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
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 explores disabilities and psychopathologies related to physical, cognitive and social domains of development. Furthermore, the subject uses a combination of theory and case studies to develop skills in identifying and addressing a range of needs related to specific disabilities and psychopathologies. Students can choose to study disabilities and psychopathologies that are personally relevant to their professional contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will define and recognize a range of major psychopathologies and disabilities relating to the tropics, indigenous, multicultural, rural and regional wellbeing and their application in the guidance and counselling field, including career development;
  • 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 must 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 psychopathology 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.


JCU Singapore, Study Period 51, Limited
Census Date 09-Apr-2015
Face to face teaching (Face to face teaching dates to be advised)
Coordinator: Professor Margaret Carter
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 25 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: reflective tasks (20%); quizzes (30%); developmental profile (50%).

Cairns, Study Period 1, External
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coordinator: Professor Margaret Carter
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: reflective tasks (20%); quizzes (30%); developmental profile (50%).

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.