EDUC5492 Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit includes an introduction to the general behaviour problems encountered in mainstream schools and how they are managed by teachers, the constructs of risk and reputation are also examined. The unit covers school aged students who deliberately present with behaviour problems, and engage in antisocial behaviour, and the reasons why they do so. Examples of the disorders (and their management) covered include disruptive behaviour disorders (ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder), juvenile psychopathy, tic disorders and tourette syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders. The unit involves students in a number of practical exercises that familiarise them with the tasks they are required to perform in their roles as school psychologists and special educators. The clinical interview and taking developmental history as assessment techniques are examined and substantiated with practical assignments.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the general behaviour management techniques used with mainstream school students; (2) understand the concept of 'at risk' and the importance of reputation in the development and maintenance of risk status; (3) understand the aetiology, prevalence and characteristics associated with disruptive behaviour disorders (i.e. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder) and delinquency; (4) differentiate early onset life course persistent versus adolescent limited trajectories and juvenile psychopathy; and (5) evaluate the major issues pertaining to assessment and treatment.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) report of no more than 1500 words and (2) report of no more than 1000 words. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the report of no more than 1500 words and report of no more than 1000 words components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Stephen Houghton
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks

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