Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview

This unit provides detailed coverage of best practice in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in the context of the Australian National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of ASD. Students also develop a detailed understanding of the DSM-5 criteria for ASD, and the application of these criteria to ASD diagnosis across the lifespan.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
Students are able to (1) describe common differential diagnoses to be considered in ASD assessments and the specific factors that would distinguish ASD from these neurodevelopmental conditions and psychiatric disorders; (2) evaluate the ethical considerations and professional responsibilities associated with being a health professional involved in the diagnosis of ASD; (3) develop a 'best-practice' diagnostic service for ASD, for one key developmental stage (toddlers/early childhood, school-age, adolescents and adults) of the lifespan; (4) use the Australian National Guidelines to support the development of a best-practice diagnostic service; and (5) demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the DSM-5 criteria for ASD and apply these criteria to observations of people with suspected ASD across the lifespan.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) blog; (2) oral presentation; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lauren Taylor
Unit rules
Enrolment in 70230 Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis or prior approval and satisfy the eligibility criteria
Contact hours
Online delivery, which includes: 4 online modules; 4 online lectures; and 1 whole-day workshop.
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