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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to the presentation and diagnostic features of autism across the lifespan. Across the course of the unit, students will develop knowledge of neurotypical and neurodivergent lifespan development, as well as the diagnostic features of autism at key developmental stages (toddlers and preschoolers; school-aged children; adolescents and adults).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) identify indicators of, and distinguish between, neurotypical and neurodivergent development at key developmental stages across the lifespan (toddlers/ early childhood, childhood, adolescence and adulthood); (2) identify and describe key diagnostic features of autism at key developmental stages across the lifespan (toddlers/early childhood, in the school years, adolescence and adulthood); (3) identify the assessment methods and tools that may be used in diagnostic assessments for autism at each developmental stage across the lifespan (toddlers/early childhood, in the school years, adolescence and adulthood); and (4) outline the clinical information that can be gathered from different assessment approaches and explain why this information is important for autism diagnostic assessments at each stage across the lifespan (toddlers/early childhood, in the school years, adolescence and adulthood).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: students will be given advanced standing for this unit after successfully completing PSYCM512, PSYCM513, and PSYCM514. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Iliana Magiati
Unit rules
Enrolment in
70230 Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis
or prior approval and satisfy the eligibility criteria
the three microcredentials comprising this unit (PSYCM512, PSYCM513, and PSYCM514)
Contact hours
approximately 150 hours of personal study of online material (approx./ up to 50 hours x 3 online microcredentials), consisting of written material, guided readings, reflective exercises, videos or pre-recorded material, and interactive activities.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.