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WEL220 Programming Skills (8)


This subject focuses upon the approaches and techniques that are required to teach and train people with a developmental disability living skills that are both functional and vital to their quality of life. However, the subject is not exclusively about such methods. In the early modules programming in the form of individualised training plans is presented as a necessary means for making organisations in the field of developmental disability accountable for their actions and responsible for the quality of the services they deliver. It is only after thorough examination of the connection between programming of this individualised type and service accountability that the real core of programming with its various methods is described and explained. The later modules of the subject emphasise the importance of accurately identifying appropriate skills and using well-planned and thought-out training procedures in preference to ad hoc approaches which founder on problems, often unforeseen and difficult to detect. The true aim of programming is the enhancement of quality of life so that the individual can function at his or her optimum, enjoy maximum independence, and be able to live as full a life as possible.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- acquire competence in individual programme planning systems and processes;
- gain awareness of current assessment approaches;
- explain the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to programming;
- be aware of current legislation and policies pertaining to their State or Territory
- utilise appropriate resources;
- recognise the importance of lifeskill development for people with developmental disabilities;
- understand the underlying concepts of lifeskill development;
- explain their role in teaching lifeskill enhancement programs;
- prioritise individual needs and determine specific programme approaches required;
- design and implement individualised training programmes;
- demonstrate a range of training techniques;
- demonstrate familiarity with community training issues, guidelines and techniques;
- critically evaluate lifeskill development curricula over a range of skill areas;
- evaluate individual programmes for people with developmental disabilities;


The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1: Assessment and Planning - Accountable service delivery through programming - Legal, social and philosophical frameworks - Assessment strategies - Individual programme plans/person centred plans - Consumer choice, control and satisfaction - Lifestyle enhancement programs - Transition issues and strategies Module 2: Program Development - Making a plan of instructional objectives; - Creating a training program Module 3: Program Implementation and Evaluation - Staff training in programming - Monitoring of programs - Review and evaluation - Guidelines for documentation/reports


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.