This module can be completed as a standalone module or as part of the second year of a Foundation Degree or a BSc in Autism Studies. As part of either the Foundation degree or the BSc, they will have completed TZ313 (introduction to the Autism Spectrum), TZ314 (introduction to supporting people on the Autism Spectrum), TZ 315 (Intervention part 1), TZ317 (case study intervention) and, SO328 (Academic development) and TZAUT7 (Case study assessment
AVAILABLE only to students studying the Autism Programmes.
OverviewThe module will cover the following core content.
The historical and current approaches to autism spectrum conditions
An analysis of the theories of autism spectrum conditions
Review of the psychological and neuropsychological theories of autism spectrum conditions
Review of the biological theories of autism spectrum conditions
Methods and tools used to diagnose autism spectrum conditions and a review of their effectiveness
Students will be expected to spend approximately 150 hours on this module. Approximately 120 hours will be spent in following the web-based content and in both guided and independent reading. About 10 hours would be spent in web-based discussion with teaching staff and other students. Approximately 20 hours will be spent in preparing the assignment. As this is a distance learning module, there is no face-to-face contact unless the student chooses to come to Kent for a face-to-face tutorial.
Method of assessment
This module will be assessed by one web-based exam (worth 70% of the marks) and one 3000 word essay (worth 30% of the marks) which will require students to assimilate material from across the module content in order to answer a question regarding the theoretical and diagnostic approaches to autism (at level I).
Attwood, T. (2007) The complete guide to Asperger's syndrome Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Baron-Cohen, S (2008) Autism and Asperger Syndrome: the facts, Oxford University Press
Frith, U. (2003) Autism: Explaining the Enigma (second edition) Basil Blackwell.
Frith, U (2008) Autism: A very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.
At the end of the module students will have knowledge of:
The theoretical approaches to understanding autism and how they have been adopted in service design - reviewing historical and current thinking (FD PLO: A.8; BSc PLO: A1)
The psychological theories of autism spectrum conditions (FD PLO: A.8; BSc PLO: A1)
The biological theories of autism spectrum conditions (FD PLO: A.8; BSc PLO: A1)
The diagnostic approaches to autism spectrum conditions - an understanding methods/tools and reviewing their effectiveness (FD PLO: A.9; BSc PLO: A1)
Co-requisites will be TZAUT5 (Intervention Part 2), TZAUT8 (Autism Extended essay), TZAUT9 Case study assessment and TZAUT10 (Work based learning).