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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC3945 An Introduction to Autism

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Anita Collins

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is designed to promote an understanding of autism and an appreciation of the skills and range of approaches used to support learners appropriately.


- To identify the key characteristics of autism
- To be aware of the impact of autism on individual development
- To critically evaluate strategies for working with autistic learners.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able tohave a knowledge of:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key characteristics of autism
- Identify the implications of autism for learners and their educators
- Assess factors that can contribute to an autistim-friendly learning environment
- Distinguish a range of strategies appropriate for working with autistic learners in a specified context
- Develop training materials that meet the needs of those supporting autistic learners
- Justify the design of the training package in relation to an identified audience

Skills outcomes
- Knowledge of alternative communication skills
- Recognition of specific needs
- Evaluation of educational approaches

As part of this module, students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook


The content will cover such areas as:
- What is autism and what does it mean to be autistic?
- Changing understandings of autism over time
- Theories of causation
- Differences in perceptual and social functioning;
- Potential impact on learning including challenging behaviour
- Recognised approaches to learning and teaching; inclusion and autism in the learning environment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

A key aspect of the module is the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the needs of autistic learners through private study, and the use of electronic media sources.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be ongoing monitoring of student progress throughout the module via student engagement in each taught session and via the tutorials for the assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkTraining package (3,000 word) plus 2,000 word rationale100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2022 16:33:44


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