Autism Extended Essay - TZ531

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


This module is completed 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 TZ317 (Case study assessment).


AVAILABLE only to students studying the Autism Programmes.



This is an assessment module that requires students to integrate knowledge and understanding from a variety of sources, but in particular to use research literature to answer an extended essay question. It will assess knowledge and understanding across TZ528 and TZ529 but in particular it will explore issues related to Theoretical and diagnostic approaches to autism and intervention in autism. Students will normally work on this module during Terms 1 and 2.


Contact hours

This module is a distance learning assessment module. Students will receive support from their tutor to plan this essay and to guide their reading as necessary. Students will be required to submit an outline for the essay to their tutor on which they will receive feedback. Students will be provided with guidance on writing essays, referencing and other key skills which will help them to complete the assignment and will have access to library resources and guidance on literature searching. Students will work on this essay across several months after having completed TZ528 and TZ529.


Available 2016/17

Method of assessment

This module is an assessment module and will involve the completion of one 4000 word essay (worth 100% of the module mark) which requires students to conduct literature research in addition to their reading from the modules they will have studied prior to completing this one.

Indicative 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

Charman T and Howlin, P. (2003) Research into early intervention for children with autism and related disorders: methodological and design issues Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice 7 217-225.

Frith, U. (2003) Autism: Explaining the Enigma (second edition) Basil Blackwell.

Frith, U (2008) Autism: A very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.

Howlin, P (1997) Interventions for people with autism: recent advances Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (1997), vol. 3, pp. 94-102

Rogers, S. J. (1998). Empirically supported comprehensive treatments for young
children with autism. Journal of clinical child psychology 27(2): 168-179.

Schopler, E. (2001). Treatment for Autism: From science to pseudo-science or antiscience in
The Research Basis for Autism Intervention. E. Schopler, N. Yirmiya, C. Shulman and L. M. Marcus. New York, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Shea, V (2004) A perspective on the research literature related to early intensive behavioural intervention (Lovaas) for young children with autism. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 8 (4) 349 – 368.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

This is an assessment module and will help students to bring together the knowledge they have accumulated on TZ528 Theoretical and diagnostic approaches to autism, and TZ529 Intervention Part 2 as well as drawing on the knowledge gained in Year 1 of the programme


Co-requisites will be TZ528 (Theoretical and Diagnostic Approaches to Autism), TZ529 (Intervention Part 2), TZ530 Case study assessment and TZ527 (Work based learning).

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