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Unit description

Introduces Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students are exposed to a critical exploration and practical application of the core concepts of ASD.

Unit content

  1. What is ASD?
  2. Diagnosis of ASD and associated behavioural impairments
  3. Information processing impairments in ASD and difference to neurotypical thinking
  4. Trajectory of development in ASD across the lifespan
  5. Physical well-being of people with ASD
  6. Mental health for people with ASD

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1synthesise current understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2identify behavioural impairments in ASD and their relationship to diagnosisIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3compare and contract associated information processing impairments and neurotypical thinkingCreativity
4review literature regarding physical health of young people and adults with ASDIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
5critically evaluate the relationship between ASD and conditions of mental ill healthIntellectual rigourCreativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. synthesise current understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify behavioural impairments in ASD and their relationship to diagnosis
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. compare and contract associated information processing impairments and neurotypical thinking
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. review literature regarding physical health of young people and adults with ASD
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critically evaluate the relationship between ASD and conditions of mental ill health
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Assessment
Critical review40%
Case study60%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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