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Postgraduate Course: Cerebral Visual Impairment (EDUA11341)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will outline cerebral visual impairment (CVI) in children. It will focus on brain injury as well as other factors. It will examine the type of visual loss child have with CVI and the difference between CVI and optical eye damage. Students will collaborate with Perkins school for the blind online professional development course on CVI and will attend 2 face to face sessions.
Course description This course will introduce and explore the complex relationship between visual impairment and cerebral visual impairment (CVI). It will outline the visual difficulties that children have with CVI and will explore the concurrent additional disabilities many children with CVI have. The course will explore how to functionally assess children with CVI and to modify the learning experience for the child with CVI.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge of and critical awareness of cerebral visual impairment and associated disabilities
  2. evaluate knowledge and critical appraisal of current recommendations for implementing practice for children with CVI
  3. demonstrate an awareness of current national and international non-medical assessment processes for children with CVI
  4. present a range of practical skills and teaching methods for children with CVI
  5. communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.
Reading List
Lueck, A. & Dutton, G.N, (2015) Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children, New York: AFB Press.
Zihl, J & Dutton, G.N. (2015) Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: Visuoperceptive and Visuocognitive Disorders. Vienna: Springer
Roman-Lantzy, C. (2007). Cortical Visual Impairment: An approach to Assessment and Intervention. New York: AFB Press.
Lehman, S. (2013) Children with developmental disability and visual impairment: what information can an ophthamologist provide to family and school, Current Ophthamology Reports, 1: 208 212
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critically engage with theoretical and disciplinary perspectives in relation to practice, and their implications for policy.

Develop professional competencies required by qualified teachers of visually impaired children

Identify, define and conceptualise new problems and issues relating to inclusive education, and identify appropriate research methods to address these

Be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflections, self-evaluation and self-improvement

Be able to identify and effectively communicate with relevant individuals and organisations beyond their immediate environment

Demonstrate an understanding of a range of barriers which different learners may face in accessing the curriculum and of processes and strategies for learning
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be taught as a blended learning course. Students will access Perkins School for the Blind moodle platform where the University of Edinburgh has collaborated with Perkins School to deliver a series of 5 online sessions (up to 14 hours of teaching video time). The remaining sessions will be taught over two face to face days.

Online (14 hours)
Face to Face (10 hours) 2 X 5 hours a day of collaborative workshops on CVI.

KeywordsCerebral Visual Impairment,CVI,Visual Impairment,Damage,Eye.,brain
Course organiserProf John Ravenscroft
Tel: (0131 6)51 6181
Course secretaryMs Marie Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)51 6678
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