Theoretical and Diagnostic Approaches to Autism - TZ528

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Yearlong
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5 15 (7.5) DR J Bradshaw

Pre-requisites

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

Restrictions

AVAILABLE only to students studying the Autism Programmes.

2017-18

Overview

The 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

Details

Contact hours

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.

Availability

Available 2016/17

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).

Preliminary reading

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.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

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)

Progression

Co-requisites will be TZAUT5 (Intervention Part 2), TZAUT8 (Autism Extended essay), TZAUT9 Case study assessment and TZAUT10 (Work based learning).

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