PSYC5524 Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
This unit will aim to provide students with foundational knowledge required for understanding FASD. This will include covering the historical and social context of FASD, characteristics of FASD and common comorbidities, relevant ethical issues in assessment and diagnosis, and forms of intervention which may be helpful for people with FASD.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the basic neuroanatomical, cognitive and behavioural characteristics of FASD, as well as some of the common comorbidities, differential diagnoses and primary and secondary outcomes; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence of FASD, history of the diagnosis, and relevant socioeconomic/cultural/regional factors; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the relevant ethical issues such as potential barriers to and consequences of diagnosis, how to minimise guilt and blame, and how to deliver feedback diagnoses in a sensitive, culturally safe manner; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of some of the common forms of intervention that are helpful in FASD, and critically evaluate the relevant literature.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online activities; (2) oral presentation; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Carmela Pestell and Dr Kirsten Panton
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73260 Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Contact hours
1 x 2 hour seminar (online collaborate session) per week
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