Development, Developmental Disability and Offending

FBS80015 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 12 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with a comprehensive understanding of age-related issues (from childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing), as well as an overview of the influence developmental disabilities, such as Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD that are important to the assessment and management of offenders’ behaviour. The unit will enable students to recognise and evaluate the role of these different phenomena that influence offending behaviour according to disability status, and help students develop their skills in responding effectively to the needs of clients accordingly.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Assess developmental factors that influence offending behaviour throughout the lifespan.
2. Explain the impact of developmental disability on risk for offending behaviour.
3. Compare the impact of developmental disabilities on offending trajectory, compared to typical lifespan development.
4. Evaluate current methods of assessment and management of offenders with developmental disabilities.

Courses with unit

Outcome unit:
GD-FBS Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science,
MA-FBS Master of Forensic Behavioural Science.

Non-outcome Unit:
GC-FBS Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science
GD-FMHN Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing.