Short Title:Understanding Disability
Full Title:Understanding Disability
Module Code:DISA H1003
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Suzanne Duggan
Module Description:To enable the student to appreciate the range of disabilities that exist. To familiarise the student with the supports available to those with specific needs. 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 Describe a variety of conceptual ways of thinking about different forms of disability
LO2 Apply current best practice perspectives for working in partnership with service users to achieve positive outcomes.
LO3 Describe the main International and Irish best practice frameworks and legislation as relates to the disability sector.
LO4 Demonstrate an awareness of supports and strategies to enhance quality of life and overcome barriers to achieve capacity.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project or group project, including a written research-based report and presentation. 4 50.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment A variety of online and in-class assessments to assess participation and the achievement of learning outcomes 2,3 50.00 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 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning 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
  • Harris, J.C. 2006, Intellectual Disability: Understanding Its Development, Causes, Classification, Evaluation & Treatment, Oxford University Press USA [ISBN: 0195178858]
  • Oliver, M., Sapey, B. & Thomas, P. 2012, Social Work with Disabled People, 4th ed. Ed., Macmillan International Higher Education [ISBN: 1137266937]
  • Thompson, J.,Kilbane, J. &Sanderson, H. 2007, Person Centred Practice For Professionals, McGraw-Hill Education UK [ISBN: 0335221955]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Carnaby, S. & Cambridge, P. 2005, Person Centred Planning and Care Management with People with Learning Disabilities, Jessica Kingsley Publishers [ISBN: 1846421403]
  • McGaw, S. & Newman, T. 2005, What Works for Parents with Learning Disabilities, 2nd. ed Ed., Barnardos [ISBN: 1904659047]
  • Pritchard, J. 2001, Good Practice with Vulnerable Adults, Jessica Kingsley Publishers London [ISBN: 1846422728]
  • Quin, S. & Redmond, C. 2003, Disability and Social Policy in Ireland, University College Dublin Press Dublin [ISBN: 1900621932]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Chadwick, D.D., Mannan,H., Garcia, I. E., McConkey, R., O'Brien, P.,Finlay, F., Lawlor, A.,Harrington,G. 2013, Family voices: life for family carers of people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland, Mar;26(2):119-32
  • Nind,M., Chapman, R., Seale, J. & Tilley,L. 2015, The Conundrum of Training and Capacity Building for People with Learning Disabilities Doing Research., JaRID, Nov;29(6):542-551.
  • Strnadová, I. & Cumming, T.M. 2014, People with Intellectual Disabilities Conducting Research: New Directions for Inclusive Research, JARID, Volume27, Issue1
  • Taylor, B.J., McGilloway, S.&Donnelly, M 2004, Preparing young adults with disability for employment, Health and Social care in community, Volume12, Issue2, 93-10
  • Walsh, E., Holloway, J. & Lydon, H. 2018, An Evaluation of a Social Skills Intervention for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities preparing for Employment in Ireland: A Pilot Study., May;48(5):1727-1741
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSASC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care 1 Mandatory