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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (Online) (CLPS11094)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and is suitable for postgraduates with a professional or lay interest in the field.
Course description This course provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and is suitable for postgraduates with a professional or lay interest in the field. The course is a recommended precursor for those professionals intending to undertake the course Assessment and Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Participants will gain an understanding of:
-The prevalence and contributory causes of FASD
-How FASD can affect the individual across the lifespan
-The Physical and Cognitive differences that contribute to a diagnosis
-The increased risk of secondary harms including; Mental illness, substance misuse, involvement with criminal justice, homelessness.
-The relationships between FASD and other neurodevelopmental conditions
-The importance of support for those with FASD

Throughout the course, participants will be asked to critically evaluate and reflect on the topics discussed and to be mindful of the ethical issues surrounding work in this field, particularly the importance of a non-judgemental, trauma-focused, person-centered approach.

Taking place over ten weeks, the course will primarily comprise online content and activities that can be completed asynchronously, to accommodate different time zones and those with other commitments, complemented by a small number of webinars.


Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students, both existing and visiting, will have an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields; Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Education, Public Health, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, or Social Work. We will also consider your application if you have a minimum of 3 years work experience in a relevant field, for example public health, policy making or law. Please contact the course administrator in advance of submitting your application.

Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents, both existing and visiting, will have an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields; Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Education, Public Health, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, or Social Work. We will also consider your application if you have a minimum of 3 years work experience in a relevant field, for example public health, policy making or law. Please contact the course administrator in advance of submitting your application.

If English is not the student's first language, evidence of written and spoken English competency must be provided. Evidence of English language competency can include:

A) A degree from a university in an English-speaking majority country,

OR

B) We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.
PTE Academic: 62 overall with at least 59 in each component.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
(*Revised 17 November 2021 to add accepted PTE Academic qualifications.)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 5, Online Activities 14, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% multiple choice questions (30 minutes)
70% short answer questions (90 minutes)
Feedback Weekly multiple-choice questions on the week's content with immediate feedback comprising the correct answer and an explanation provided automatically (10 minutes weekly for a total of 100 minutes).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and explain the key concepts of FASD, including its epidemiology, aetiology, and presentation across children and adults demonstrating a critical understanding of the complexities of FASD conceptualisation and presentation.
  2. Exhibit a critical knowledge and understanding of the potential primary and secondary causes of prenatal alcohol exposure and FASD.
  3. Critically evaluate the current FASD prevention measures, within the context of individual societal factors
  4. Evaluate whether communication on the subject of prenatal alcohol exposure and FASD is appropriately person-centered and trauma-informed.
  5. Critically reflect on the future directions of FASD prevention, education, and research.
Reading List
Mukherjee, R. A., & Aiton, N. (2021). Prevention, Recognition and Management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. London; Springer.
McQuire, C., Daniel, R., Hurt, L., Kemp, A., & Paranjothy, S. (2020). The causal web of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a review and causal diagram. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 29, 575-594.
Howlett, H., Mackenzie, S., Strehle, E. M., Rankin, J., & Gray, W. K. (2019). A survey of health care professionals' knowledge and experience of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and alcohol use in pregnancy. Clinical Medicine Insights: Reproductive Health, 13, 1179558119838872.
McDougall, S., Finlay-Jones, A., Arney, F., & Gordon, A. (2020). A qualitative examination of the cognitive and behavioural challenges experienced by children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 104, 103683.
Mattson, S. N., Bernes, G. A., & Doyle, L. R. (2019). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a review of the neurobehavioral deficits associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43(6), 1046-1062.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis
Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others
Skills in trauma-focused, person-centered approaches when working with those affected by neurodevelopmental conditions.
KeywordsFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; FASD; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Contacts
Course organiserDr Suzanne O'Rourke
Tel: (0131) 537 4272
Email: Suzanne.O'Rourke@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Cecilia Malmberg
Tel: (0131 6)50 3890
Email: cecilia.malmberg@ed.ac.uk
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