Assessment of Quality of Life - TZ532

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 30 (15)




Only available for Tizard ug students



The dimensions and origins of quality of life will be considered. The module will explore a range of methods for the assessment of quality of life, including reliable and valid interview and observational methods. The research basis of quality of life assessment and intervention will be examined. Research addressing improving quality of life will be considered and implementation and evaluation methods will be taught.


Contact hours

This module will be taught through blended learning via materials on Moodle. As part of the programmes this module contributes to, students attend campus for one workshop at commencement of the academic year and a further workshop to undertake exams and have additional lectures.Blended learning features online forum and chat discussions, case-study work, individual tutorials (typically conducted via skype or telephone), group exercises, videos, guided reading of text-based materials and study questions.

Method of assessment

The assessment methods for this module comprise one 4,000 word essay (50%) and one 4,000 word case study (50%)

Indicative reading

Brown, F., Anderson, J.L., Dr Pry, R.L., (2015) Individual Positive Behaviour Support: a standards-based guide to in school and community settings. Baltimore: Brookes.

Cambridge, P. and Carnaby, S. (Eds.) (2005) Person Centred Planning and Care Management with People with Learning Disabilities. UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Emerson, E., Baines, S., Allerton, L., Welch, V. (2012) Health inequalities and people with learning disabilities in the UK. Durham: Improving Health and Lives Learning Disability Observatory.

Grant, G., Ramcharan, P., Flynn, M., Richardson, M. (Eds.) (2010) (Second Edition) Learning Disability: a life cycle approach. Maidenhead: OUP.

Mansell, J. and Beadle-Brown, J. (2012) Active Support: enabling and empowering people with intellectual disabilities. London: JKP.

Plimley, L.A. (2007) A review of quality of life issues and people with autism spectrum disorders. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 35: 205–213. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2007.00448.x.

Learning outcomes

• Demonstrate a critical understanding of assessment of the quality of life of individuals with autism spectrum conditions and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Demonstrate an appreciation of competent and reliable observational and interviewing skills when assessing quality of life of individuals with autism spectrum conditions and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Demonstrate an ability to analyse, interpret and effectively share information and knowledge with others regarding the assessment of quality of life
• Show capacity to draw on both published work and personal experience
• Understand and communicate complex, abstract concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences
• Use information technology (word processing, email, internet, online learning resources) to effectively complete tasks
• Effectively manage time to meet deadlines
• Recognise issues relating to equality and diversity through the effective use of non-discriminatory language

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