PSYC5520 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline
This unit provides an introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students develop knowledge of (1) typical child development; (2) the characteristics of ASD; (3) diagnostic systems and the DSM V and ICD 10 diagnostic criteria for autism; (4) interventions for ASD; and (5) current issues in research and practice for ASD.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of typical and atypical child development and begin to discriminate features of ASD from typical development; (2) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnostic criteria for ASD; (3) describe and evaluate the literature regarding current theoretical accounts of ASD; (4) describe current interventions for ASD and critically evaluate the evidence base for these interventions; and (5) demonstrate understanding of the history of autism diagnosis and changes in the conceptualisation of autism over time.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) creating wiki website entries; (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)
Dr Lauren Taylor and Professor Murray Maybery
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Autism Diagnosis (70230)
Contact hours
Online delivery including 4 x 2 hour online collaborate sessions
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-1E_2019_ONLINE]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-Z-1-2020]
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