Graduate Diploma in Disability

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Disability at UNE?

This course was previously known as Graduate Diploma in Disability Management.

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is relevant to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is designed for support workers and others employed by organisations that are delivering disability services, those seeking such employment, and students interested in the field of disability management. Students will study clinical and neurobiological issues in disability management and NDIS business management. In addition, students will complete an in-depth study of disability management, addressing either one or all of the selected areas (i.e. clinical, business issues) and will be required to present a major report together with 120 hours of supervised professional activity which will be undertaken through the unit WORK500. Graduates will be well prepared for the roll-out of the NDIS and the anticipated demand for new, client-driven services and supports arising from the scheme.

Students also have the opportunity to pursue further study in order to focus on one aspect of service-delivery and management of people with disabilities or to cover a mix of all aspects.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified for employment in organisations providing disability services.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 4 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply) or Full Fee

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online

Official Abbreviation GradDipDis
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Course Duration
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) or Full Fee
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Disability from UNE; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and at least one year of full-time equivalent experience in an area of service provision**.

Applicants admitted under Rule (b) and (c) must submit two referees' reports from employers or senior colleagues (on company letterhead), and include a resume.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Business

Management

Law

Social Work

Education

Psychology

Medicine

Health

Other similar disciplines as determined by the course coordinator.

**Service provision can refer to any aspect of provision of services to people with or without disability and will be determined by the course coordinator.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) or (c) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Graduate Diploma in Disability in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

For candidates shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Disability from UNE; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and at least one year of full-time equivalent experience in an area of service provision**.

Applicants admitted under Rules (b) and (c) must submit two referees' reports from employers or senior colleagues (on company letterhead), and a resume.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:
Business
Management
Law
Social Work
Education
Psychology
Medicine
Health
Other similar disciplines as determined by the course coordinator.

** Service provision can refer to any aspect of provision of services to people with or without disability and will be determined by the course coordinator.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under rules (b) or (c) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be up to two years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rules (b) or (c), the period of candidature shall be up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points with at least 30 credit points at 400-level or above.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Specified Advanced Standing 24 cps
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 48 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rules (b) or (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 18 cps
Listed Units 30 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Disability.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Disability under Rules (b) or (c) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Disability upon completion of 24 credit points comprising units HDEV402, MM521, WORK500 and 6 credit points Listed Unit.

Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certificate in Disability must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Disability. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is designed for employees in organisations that are delivering disability services, those seeking such employment, and those interested in the field of disability management. It will enable students to enhance their competencies in areas critical to the delivery of disability services. The course will produce graduates with a specialised knowledge of disability management including clinical knowledge and practice, business and management encompassing the delivery of disability services.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate through their own study and practice, advanced knowledge of disability management including: clinical knowledge and practice, business and management encompassing the broad context of health, family, and community services, in order to be an effective clinical practitioner and business manager;
  2. utilise advanced cognitive and communication skills, tools, and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders;
  3. exhibit an established ability to use creativity and judgement in analysing problems and to work independently and collaboratively with others to generate solutions to problems;
  4. apply advanced skills and judgement in utilising information drawn from a range of sources;
  5. demonstrate and apply an advanced ability to critically evaluate and formulate responses to social, cultural and ethical issues that emerge in disability management; and
  6. practise preparedness to pursue a specialised knowledge and understanding to enhance professional skills.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have an enhanced knowledge of disability management/care/services through the learning and teaching activities associated with each unit and interaction with the unit coordinators, lecturers and tutors, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, online activities and discussion board. Students will be assessed using assignments; individual and group project reports; and written examinations.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have advanced cognitive and communication skills acquired through written assignments and reports, oral presentations and participation in online activities and discussion board.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have well-developed problem solving skills in all aspects of disability management/care/services. All units teach and assess problem solving skills.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources, using a range of technologies. Students are required to demonstrate information literacy in assessment tasks for all units.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will have an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and ethical issues related to the provision of disability services. Social responsibility and professional practice is embedded in the course content.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have the fundamental skills required to supplement their knowledge and to keep abreast of any changes in the provision of disability services. This will be taught and practised in most units.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates are able to apply their skills and knowledge individually and as part of collaborative teams. They are able to work with intellectual independence, and to collaborate with colleagues and clients. Working in a group environment is an essential component of the course and in provision of disability services. To develop these skills, some units require students to work in groups and provide guidance and assessment on group work.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

For more information, click here

International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).

For more information, click here

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