Core Module Information
Module title: Working with the Autism Spectrum: Theory into Practice

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LDN08104
Module leader: Mhari Henderson
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

An introduction to the autism spectrum
Ways of supporting social communication and social interaction
Sensory differences in people with autism
Difficulties with imagination and flexible thinking
Interventions and organisational aspects of working with autism
Barriers to change
An Individual’s and parent’s perspective of living with autism

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Consider the specific difficulties faced by individuals with autism in cognitive functioning, communication and social interaction
LO2: Describe the cognitive differences between people with autism and ‘neuro-typical’ individuals.
LO3: Explore the support strategies used to enhance/develop interaction and social skills development.
LO4: Describe the support strategies used to develop/support communication difficulties.
LO5: Explore and present some of the barriers faced in implementing change in support mechanisms for individuals with autism.
LO6: Consider the role of the practitioner in relation to developing best practice for individuals with autism, and within their own organisations.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mhari Henderson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO1-6 Classroom sessions will combine theoretical input from Edinburgh Napier lecturers and National Autistic Society (NAS) trainers. Lecturers will provide online support, teaching and feedback. A variety of methods and media are used and will incorporate discussions and group-learning activities (LO 1,4,5&6), lectures and guided online study from lecturers/trainers (LO 1-6), independent literature review, reflection on one’s own practice and problem based learning. Completion of the assignment is highly recommended but not compulsory. The approach will be student centred encouraging reflection on one’s own experience and evidence based practice.

Formative Assessment:
Formatively the students are asked to complete 5 short activities online and submit a 1,000 word draft, including referencing up to 2 weeks before the submission date. Feedback will be provided online and via turnitin/grademark repectively.

Summative Assessment:
LO1-6 The summative assessment will take the form of an essay, based on the student’s involvement with an individual client (3.500 words). They will provide a reflective account of the care of an individual in light of the learning from the module including a proposal for improving the person’s care.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 21
Online Guided independent study 21
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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