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General Course Information for SPD 648: Medical & Asst Tech Issues M/S

Course: SPD 648 - Medical & Asst Tech Issues M/S
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Course Description:

In this course candidates will demonstrate knowledge and ability to support the movement, mobility, sensory and specialized health care needs required for students to access school and the community to the fullest extent of their ability through utilizing appropriate techniques, procedures, materials, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment. Candidates will also demonstrate mandated considerations for assistive, augmentative, alternative, and sign language communication technology for students with moderate/severe disabilities and their application to facilitate communication, improved academic performance, and skill.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to support the movement, mobility, sensory and specialized health care needs required for students to access school and the community to the fullest extent of their ability, utilizing appropriate techniques, procedures, materials, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laws and policies related to specialized health care in educational settings.
  • Demonstrate successful consultation/collaboration with staff and parents, to provide the appropriate support across all settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the procedures to procure services and access professionals/agencies to acquire information for sensory, movement, mobility and specialized health care services.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze students' verbal and non-verbal communication abilities to develop needed augmentative, alternative or signed systems including assistive technology, to enhance communication, social interaction, academic performance and skill development.
  • Analyze the implications of the characteristics of students with Moderate/Severe/Profound disabilities for service delivery impacting assessments, IEP development, instruction, and program options.
  • Analyze the movement, mobility, sensory, and specialized health care needs to access school and community to the fullest extent using appropriate techniques, procedures, materials, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment.
  • Establish and maintain educational environments based upon positive behavior support processes at the individual and school-wide levels.
  • Evaluate a variety of assessments and procedures to maximize students' participation in standards and evidence-based, academic/life skills/wellness curriculum within IEP goals and objectives across school/community settings.
  • Exhibit collaborative case management to coordinate the IEP process and the various transitions experienced by students with Moderate/Severe/Profound disabilities, while addressing the legal and instructional requirements of their IEPs.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures