PSYC5524 Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline
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.
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.
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
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
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-1E_2019_ONLINE]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-Z-1-2020]
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