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Unit Overview


This unit provides training in modules 1-4 of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition (ADOS-2), an internationally recognised gold standard tool that can be used as part of comprehensive diagnostic assessments for autism. Completion of the unit means that the student is able to administer and code the ADOS-2 Modules 1-4, and is certified to have completed the training for use of this instrument for clinical purposes. The unit requires (1) extensive pre-workshop introductory reading on the theoretical background of the ADOS-2; (2) preparation for, and participation in, an intensive four-day workshop on ADOS-2 administration and coding; and (3) post-workshop practice in administering and coding the ADOS-2 for an autistic person of any age.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the correct selection of the ADOS-2 module according to the assessee's language level; (2) demonstrate valid administration of the ADOS-2; (3) demonstrate reliable ADOS-2 coding, which includes the use of evidence elicited during the ADOS-2 to justify coding decisions; and (4) accurately score and interpret the ADOS-2 algorithm, including the comparison scores.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) ADOS-2 coding; (2) ADOS-2 administration and reflection; and (3) ADOS-2 clinical report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Iliana Magiati
Unit rules
Enrolment in
and 70230 Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis
Successful completion of
and Unit(s) PSYCM512 Autism: diagnostic features and assessment approaches in early childhood (0-5 years)
Successful completion of
and Unit(s) PSYCM513 Autism: diagnostic features and assessment approaches in children (6-16 years)
Successful completion of
Unit(s) PSYCM514 Autism: diagnostic features and assessment approaches in older adolescents and adults (17+ years)
Contact hours
pre-workshop reading and observations of pre-recorded ADOS-2 videos
4-day intensive online workshop (8 hours per day)
post-workshop assignment
  • 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.