Short Title:Understanding Behaviours that Challenge
Full Title:Understanding Behaviours that Challenge
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BEHV H3010
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Sorca Mc Donnell
Module Description:The aim of the module is to support the students understanding of challenging behaviour in the social care context. The module will provide the student with knowledge, skills and understanding of values to enable effective, human rights based responses to challenging behaviour. The role of reflective practice and self-awareness will be explored. The role of agency and life choices for the client groups will be explored, including the power dynamic. Exploring theories and models of behaviour support, linked with holistic approaches and reflective practice, will support the development of a comprehensive understanding of working in an ethical way. The evaluation of interventions will allow for the development of critical thinking in relation to behaviours that challenge. Due to the dynamic nature of this module the content may be modified or expanded to reflect new developments. A minimum of 75% attendance is required for this module. In order to progress, all components of module assessment must be passed by students – failure to successfully to complete any component will require repeat assessment/exam.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Evaluate the role of reflective practice when supporting an individual who is presenting with challenging behaviour
LO2 Understand and evaluate the role of values, beliefs and attitudes required for supporting behaviours that challenge
LO3 Understand the principles and dynamics, including power dynamics, in developing supportive and professional client relationships
LO4 Analyse the role of evidence informed practice in understanding challenging behaviour
LO5 Critically analyse behaviour support models

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Evaluate and reflect on self and approaches to understanding challenging behaviour through application to practice 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 n/a
Presentation Present a critical reflection on approaches to managing challenging behaviour. 1,2 30.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • McDonnell, A. 2010, Managing Aggressive Behaviour in Care Settings, Wiley [ISBN: 0470512318]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Eric Emerson,Stewart L. Einfeld 2011, Challenging Behaviour, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9780521728935]
  • Moon, J. 1999, Reflection in learning and professional development, Psychology press
  • O'Brien, E. 2011, Psychology for Social Care, Gill & MacMillan [ISBN: 9780717149995]
Required Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSASC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care 5 Mandatory