Master of Disability

Why study the Master of Disability at UNE?

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The Master of 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, professional and ethical 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 (e.g. clinical, case management or business issues) and will be required to present a major report. Graduates will be well prepared for the NDIS and the demand for new, client-driven services and support arising from the scheme.

Graduates of the Master of Disability may apply for admission to research higher degrees and other doctoral programs.

Career Opportunities

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

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

Full Fee

2020 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation MDis
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Location Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees Full Fee
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Total Credit Points 96
Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

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

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline*; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours in a relevant discipline*; or

(d) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification or an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, in a non-relevant discipline; or

(e) satisfy UNE by means of other relevant professional experience by submitting a Statement of Service from your employer/s and a resume outlining a minimum of three years' full-time (or equivalent) relevant professional experience and training, taken in the past 10 years**.

Applicants applying under Rule (d) or Rule (e) must submit a Statement of Service.

*Relevant disciplines include but not limited to:

Business
Counselling
Disability
Education
Health
Law
Management
Medicine
Psychology
Social work
Other similar disciplines as determined by the course coordinator.

** Professional experience refers to the provision of services in the area of disability, for example, a manager in a disability service provider or special education teacher.

Additional Requirements

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

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students may complete work integrated learning and professional skills development (WORK500 and SCI505) with approved institutions during their degree.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) or (b) may be granted up to 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based. The advanced standing may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience, as approved by the Course Coordinator.

Candidates admitted under Rules (c) may be granted up to 48 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. The advanced standing may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience, as approved by the Course Coordinator.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) or (e) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. Up to 6 credit points may be granted on the basis of considerable demonstrated relevant professional experience, as approved by the Course Coordinator.

No advanced standing will be granted for SCI501, SCI502, SCI505 or SCI599.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

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Course rules and plans for the Master of Disability, 2020, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The Master of Disability degree is designed for support workers and others employed by organisations that are delivering disability services or those seeking employment and students interested in the field of disability management. The aim of this course is to enable students and disability workers to enhance their competencies and progress their careers in areas critical to the delivery of disability services. The course will produce graduates with specialised knowledge of disability management including clinical knowledge, dealing and interacting with people with disabilities and case management and delivery and coordinating disability services.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate through their own study and practice knowledge of disability management including: clinical knowledge, practice and management encompassing the broad context of health, family and community services, in order to be an affective clinical practitioner and case manager;
  2. utilise cognitive and communication skills, tools and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders and working in a multidisciplinary team;
  3. demonstrate a well-developed ability to use creativity and judgement in analysing problems relating to disability client behaviour and case management and to work independently and collaboratively with others to generate solutions to problems;
  4. demonstrate advanced skills in the utilising and analysis of information, evaluation of evidence based practice/research which is drawn from a range of sources, such as reports, organisations and data sets;
  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. practice preparedness to pursue a specialised knowledge and understanding to enhance professional skills and client outcomes.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have an advanced knowledge of disability management through the learning and teaching activities associated with each unit and interaction with the unit coordinators, in lectures and tutorials, placement, online activities and discussion board. Students will be assessed using assignments, individual and group projects reports, placement logs and 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 boards.

Problem Solving

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

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to analyse 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 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 skills and knowledge individually and as part of collaborative teams. They are able to work with intellectual independence, and to collaborate as part of a multidisciplinary team 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.

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