Case Study Assessment and Intervention - TZ874

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 3)
Autumn and Spring
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7 30 (15)


Students on the PG Dip and MA in Autism studies take this module. Co-requisite modules include TZ866 and TZPGAut2, TZ862/TZ862D and TZ863/TZ863D from which students will extract the material relevant to this module. Students on the MA in Autism Studies will also take TZ994





This module is intended for health or social care professionals who are working with people with autism (either in a paid or voluntary basis), or those who are family carers. Students will be able to apply their theoretical learning from TZRD8660 (Social Psychology of Autism) and TZRD8730 (Social Psychology of Autism: Advanced) to case studies.
Students will work their way through the case study material provided. As they do so, they will use their knowledge of the following to analyse case study data, produce formulations, plan interventions, interpret outcome data and describe methods of implementation, monitoring and evaluation:

Characteristics, diagnosis and epidemiology of autism
Cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
Biological, social and environmental causes of autism
Behaviour analysis
Intervention and approaches to supporting people with autism.
Challenging behaviour and other associated complex needs;
Ideology, policy and service development;
Definition and measurement of service quality;
Relationships between service organisation and quality


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 10
Private study hours: 290
Total study hours: 300


Autumn and spring

Method of assessment

100% by coursework comprising:

One 5,000 word case study (50%) + one 5,000 report on intervention (50%)

Indicative reading

This is an assessment module - reading for this module will be dictated by the specific case study or intervention. Reading will be recommended through the guided study materials and seminars and many core references will be provided electronically through the main academic modules. However, this module will require students to search for and discover further reading on their chosen topic.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Assess and summarise the current quality of life for an individual
2 Conduct a literature review around the area relevant to an individual case study to inform an intervention and maintenance plan.
3 Plan an intervention to improve the quality of life of the individual.
4 Produce an outline of the case study that indicates the main structure and content to be included
5 Produce an integrated and well-structured written account to describe and justify the chosen intervention to improve the quality of life for the individual featured.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Weigh up information provided to focus on most relevant issues:

1. Weigh up information provided to focus on most relevant issues
2. Integrate material across different topic areas
3. Prepare a comprehensive, well-written account of the material and a balanced argument in a way that answers the question that was posed
4. Conduct online and paper based research and reading
5. Organise their study, working with their tutor to develop a plan for this work
6. Assess an individual's environment and develop an appropriate autism friendly intervention

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