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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 31/03/2022 11:59:01

Title of Module: Autism Spectrum

Code: EDUC11068 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:L  McAuliffe

Summary of Module

This module aims to promote participants’ understanding of the  nature and implications for learning and teaching of the Autism Spectrum. This is achieved through exposure to different theoretical and research perspectives, and engagement with a range of relevant issues. The module starts with an overview of the nature of the Autism Spectrum and proceeds with a critical examination of interventions and support strategies. A range of relevant topics are explored.
Trends in research in the Autism Spectrum are considered and the evidence base of a range of approaches and practices associated with this condition is examined. Based on their developing understanding of the Autism Spectrum, participants are invited to make informed judgments about the features of effective educational provision for learners on the Autism Spectrum.  Throughout the module, participants are given opportunities to consider how insights from their learning can be applied to enhance relevant practice.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:






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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate and work with knowledge that covers and integrates the main dimensions of the Autism Spectrum, including their features, boundaries, terminology and conventions.

L2. Demonstrate critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles associated with the Autism Spectrum.

L3. Demonstrate critical understanding of current issues associated with the Autism Spectrum.

L4. Critically evaluate approaches and strategies aiming to facilitate the inclusion of learners on the Autism Spectrum and consider how they can be enhanced.

L5. Present reasoned arguments and express ideas in a clear, coherent style that follows closely the UWS academic writing and referencing guidance.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Deep understanding of key concepts and principles relating to the Autism Spectrum.
Critical understanding of issues pertaining to the support provision for learners on the Autism Spectrum.
Critical understanding of current approaches to the education of learners on the Autism Spectrum, and awareness of their theoretical underpinnings and relationship to recent/current research findings.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Critical reflection on professional practice in the area of the Autism Spectrum, and on contemporary issues that affect it.
Consideration of how insights arising from the module can be applied to enhance practice.
Retrieving, interpreting and manipulating primary and secondary information relevant to the above from a variety of sources including academic databases.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Applying critical analysis to issues impinging on inclusive practice in relation to the Autism Spectrum.
Giving reasoned opinions, identifying flaws in arguments and discriminating between what is of relevance and what isn’t especially in relation to educational practice associated with the Autism Spectrum.
Synthesizing imaginatively and creatively information from a variety of sources, including academic research publications.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Communicating knowledge and understanding of inclusive practice in relation to the Autism Spectrum effectively and appropriately to a range of audiences including peers, senior colleagues and specialists.
Making effective use of information retrieval systems and information technology applications to present arguments and ideas in an appropriate form.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Exercising autonomy and initiative and taking responsibility for own work.
Working effectively in collaboration with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate.
Systematically identifying and addressing own learning needs both in current and in new areas with particular reference to the Autism Spectrum, making use of academic research and scholarship as appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module handbook and other materials made available to students will give specific information on the particular learning and teaching methodologies that will be used in the module. These will clarify for students what to expect in terms of tutor-guided activities, and in terms of the overall balance of learning and teaching methodologies to be used in the module.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Asynchronous Class Activity60
Independent Study140
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bogdashina, O. (2016) Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism Spectrum Conditions: Different Sensory Experiences - Different Perceptual Worlds (2nd ed) London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Happe, F. and Fletcher-Watson, S. (2019) Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate (2nd ed). Oxon: Routledge.

Goodall, G. (2019) Understanding the Voices and Educational Experiences of Autistic Young People: From Research to Practice. Milton: Routledge.

Jordan, R., Roberts, J. M. and Hume, K. (eds) (2019) The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education. London: SAGE.

Little, C. (ed) (2017) Supporting Social Inclusion For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Insights from Research and Practice. Oxon: Routledge.

Runswick-Cole, K., Mallett, R., Timimi, S., (eds) (2016) Re-thinking Autism: Diagnosis, Identity and Equality. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Plus selected articles from the latest issues of relevant journals including:
British Journal of Special Education
European Journal of Special Needs Education
Good Autism Practice
International Journal of Inclusive Education
Support for Learning

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Completion of all scheduled induction, coursework, and assessment tasks.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCareer-Long Professional Learning
ModeratorK Mohammed
External ExaminerS Jones
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using the university VLE, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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