AD1040: Strengths and Challenges of Autism

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 9 x 2hr(s) Lectures (video lectures); 12hr(s) Other (online moderated activities); 70hr(s) Directed Study
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To promote understanding of the communication and behavioural challenges for the individual with autism; to explore the unusual profile and strengths and weaknesses in cognitive abilities that can be present; the conept of savantism.
Module Content: The triad of impairments at different stages of development; sensory and motor difficulties; emotions, relationships and sexuality; living with autism; autism in the workplace and community; different ways in which people on the autistic spectrum experience the world.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe the triad of impairments
  • Consider the autobiographical accounts of ASD
  • Describe and discuss how heightened and impaired sensitivities impact on a person's experience and behaviour
  • Identify the impact of challenges on the individual's opportunities and potential
  • Understand how the individual with autism may struggle to recognise emotion in themselves and in others
  • Articulate the variety of ways an individual with autism perceives themselves
  • Recognise the types of inappropriate behaviour that can be attributable to autism.
  • Recognise the diverse profiles of cognitive abilities that can be present in a person with ASD.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word written assignment, 90 marks; Online discussion forum participation, 10 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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