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EDU 305: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Course Description

This course describes Autism and Asperger's Disorder including characteristics of these disorders, associated learning styles, communication weaknesses, and various intervention strategies; helps the learner make sense out of why individuals with Autism spectrum disorders behave the way they do, and what the learner can do to enhance more appropriate behavior.

Prerequisite

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Understand the causes and manifestations of autism spectrum disorders.
  2. Analyze current intervention techniques in the education environment.
  3. Evaluate the social skills training for people with autism spectrum disorders.
  4. Understand some of the many controversies around autism spectrum disorders.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-14)

35%

Reaction Pieces (14 short answer), Weeks 1-14

15%

Essays (3), Weeks 3, 9, and 13

30%

Research Paper (1 paper), Week 15

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

  • There is no required text for this course. There will be one or more journal or web-based article per week to read related to the topic of the week. In additional, there will be a short lecture to read for each week of the course.

Course Schedule

Module

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

1,4

Module 1 Topics: History of Autism and Causes of Autism

  • Read assigned article
  • Write Reaction Pieces
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

2

3,4

1

Module 2 Topic: Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Read assigned article
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Write Reaction Piece
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit first essay

3

5,6

1,4

Module 3 Topic: Indicators for Referral

  • Read assigned article
  • Write Reaction Pieces
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

4

7,8

2

Module 4 Topic: Intervention Techniques in Elementary School

  • Read assigned article
  • Write Reaction Pieces
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

5

9,10

2

Module 5 Topic: Intervention Techniques in Secondary School

  • Read assigned article
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Write Reaction Piece
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit second essay

6

11,12

3

Module 6 Topic: Social Skills/Competency Training

  • Read assigned article
  • Write Reaction Pieces
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

7

13,14

3,4

Module 7 Topics: Policy, Legal and Social Impact Issues of Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Read assigned article
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Write Reaction Piece
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit third essay

8

15

1,2,3,4

Module 8 Topic: Course Summary and Review

  • Read assigned article and Lecture material
  • Submit Final Research paper
  • Complete course evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.