What can psychology tell us about disability? ADED11102E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Psychological issues, their importance and the role they play within the field of disability are recurrent themes in this course.  Emotional responses, reasons for disturbed sleep, impact of stress and the use of non-verbal communication are some of the areas introduced along with a diverse range of disabilities including Down's Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X, William's Syndrome, and Dyslexia.


Block 3

Online (weekly, 2 hour screen time)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One short answer assignment, of around 1200 words, to be submitted electronically around week 7.  This will require students to provide key information about two of the topics they have covered (400 words each). Following this, students should relate each one to a specific disability (200 words each).  Written feedback is incorporated in to the marking of assignments.


An online multiple choice exam will be open for the duration of the final week of the course. Students will be encouraged to research the answers, and collaborative learning with peers will help reinforce the learning process.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide a broad introduction to key topics in psychology highlighting the roles of research, theory and methods in this field. The course will relate the topics to the recurrent theme of disability to encourage the students to reflect on the application of their learning to real-life situations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate knowledge of key psychological concepts.

■ List the key defining components of a range of psychological topics, e.g. sleep, stress, memory.

■ Apply their knowledge of psychological topics to the field of disability.

■ Identify areas where general theories struggle to account for the behaviour of individuals with disability.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment. Students will be encouraged to undertake the ten weekly open-book computer marked multiple-choice tests to demonstrate engagement with the resources.