This course provides graduates trained in psychology, speech pathology, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing and medicine (including paediatrics and psychiatry) with the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based diagnosis and assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Two coursework units provide in-depth knowledge of FASD concerning characteristics across the lifespan, common comorbidities, current theoretical accounts and issues, national and international diagnostic criteria, differential diagnoses, assessment tools and multidisciplinary team assessment. One practical unit provides training in FASD and another provides graded placement experiences of diagnostic assessments.
- Course title
- Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- Postgraduate certificate
- Current / 2023
- Administered by
- Psychological Science
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year only
- Attendance type
- Full- or part-time
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- Time limit
- 2 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- Online, External agencies for practicum
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Available to international students
- Not available to international students on student visas. Available to international students on other visas if visa conditions allow (see https://www.immi.gov.au). For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Carmela Pestell
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.
Key to availability of units:
- non-standard teaching period
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Take all units (24 points):
|Availability||Unit code||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|NS||PSYC5524||Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)||
||1 x 3 hour seminar (online collaborate session) per week|
|NS||PSYC5525||Assessment & Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) I||
||1 x 3 hour seminar (online collaborate session) per week|
|NS||PSYC5526||Assessment & Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) II||1 x 3 hour online seminar (collaborate session) per week|
|NS||PSYC5527||Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Practicum||
||Contact hours will vary depending on the placement arrangement. Peer supervision (optional) will be offered 1x month for 1-2 hours.|
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 and Communication and Research Skills modules
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.
4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have
(i) a bachelor's, postgraduate degree or equivalent in speech pathology, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing or medicine, as recognised by UWA; or
(ii) an accredited bachelor's honours degree in psychology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
(b) registration with the professional body of your specialisation, as recognised by UWA;
(c) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;
(d) a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience, as recognised by UWA.
(2) Applicants without a satisfactory personal statement, curriculum vitae or registration may be invited to attend an interview to determine suitability for admission.
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.
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.
8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.
10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.
(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances
(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';
(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';
(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.
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.
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).