AP5821: Young People's Challenging Behaviours

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 25, Max 30.
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: 6 x 4hr(s) Lectures
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Ace.
Module Objective: To provide participants with the theoretical and practical skills to understand, assess, intervene and evaluate interventions for children's challenging behaviours.
Module Content: The theories and practices on the origins, creative intentions of and maintenance factors of Children's Challenging Behaviours. Also the development of methods of assessment, intervention and evaluation of intervention strategies.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe the creative nature of children's challenging behaviours in terms of origin, intention and resolution of same.
  • Assess, evaluate and intervene in the social contexts in which children's challenging behaviours occur.
  • Competently outline challenging behaviours that are of an 'acting-out', 'acting-in' nature and the embodiments of children's inner turmoil.
  • Determine the effects that children's challenging behaviours have on the children's overall development and on the dynamics of family life.
  • Effectively mentor parents on how best to respond to their children's challenging responses and to present a course for parents on children's challenging behaviours.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% 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% 80% attendance which is monitored by a class register.
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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