ACE

SS1847: Communication in Disability Studies

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 15, Max 20.
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: 2 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 6hr(s) Other (day sessions); 2 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 80hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Discuss effective communications strategies and the use of these when interacting with people with disabilities. Learn how to negotiate with people, motivate others, encourage team-work and resolve conflict.
Module Content: Students will examine effective styles of communication used when interacting with people with different types of disability. Students will explore the use of positive and negative language and how to maximise communication. Barriers to effective communication and motivation will also be considered.
Teaching links to Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4 and 10.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain what effective communication is.
  • Outline how different forms of communication maximises the effectiveness of interactions with people presenting with different types of disability.
  • Identify the barriers to effective communication and how to deal with these.
  • Outline effective good negotiation skills and explain how they can be used to resolve conflict.
  • Examine motivation theory and how it relates to support work practice.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x Class Presentation, 75 marks; 1 x 500 word Reflective Learning Statement, 25 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, 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%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: The mark for Continuous Assessment is carried forward (repeat assessment will only apply in the event of failure to achieve the 40% module pass standard overall and will be as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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