UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis

This course provides graduates trained in psychology, speech pathology, paediatrics or psychiatry with the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Two coursework units provide in-depth knowledge of ASD concerning characteristics across the lifespan, common comorbidities, current theoretical accounts and issues, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis, assessment tools and multidisciplinary team assessment. One practical unit provides training in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and another provides graded placement experiences leading up to the trainee conducting a discipline-specific component of a diagnostic assessment.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis
Award abbreviationGradCertAutDiag
Course code70230
Course typepostgraduate certificate
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Credit points required24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration0.5 years
Time limit3 years
Delivery modemulti-mode
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Murray Maybery

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students must complete the ADOS training course and workshop (in PSYC5522) before starting PSYC5523 ASD Practicum placement

Take all units (24 points):

NSPSYC5520Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
NSPSYC5521Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
NSPSYC5522Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Training
NSPSYC5523ASD Practicum Placement

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree in speech pathology, medicine, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or

(ii) an accredited bachelor's honours degree in psychology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) evidence of having at least three months of full-time equivalent experience working directly with children or adolescents, as recognised by UWA;


(c) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;


(d) two satisfactory referees, as recognised by UWA;


(e) a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience, as recognised by UWA.

(2) Invitation to attend an interview will be based on assessment of (1) (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e), in alignment with the interview quota for the year.

(3) Eligible applicants who are interviewed will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable by the selection panel.

(4) Admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants under (1) and (3) who fall within the intake quota for that year.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.