Unit description

This unit investigates the issues related to student welfare, wellbeing and discipline and will assist teachers to create the conditions necessary for effective social inclusion, student participation and engagement. Supporting students to develop social and conflict resolution skills and to manage interactions with peers and adults and the importance of early intervention will be included in this unit. It will specifically focus on creating positive learning environments for students with additional social and emotional needs diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum; with a variety of mental health conditions including; childhood and adolescent bipolar and depression, schizophrenia and anxiety; and/or significant intellectual disabilities. The role of effective whole school welfare and anti-bullying polices will also be explored.

Unit content

  • Creating positive learning environments – classrooms
  • Designing Positive approaches to Student Welfare
  • Understanding mental health conditions
  • Developing social and emotional competence in students with mental health conditions
  • Developing Social competence in students with Autism
  • Spectrum Disorders
  • Developing social competence in students with high support needs

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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