PSY40480 Introduction to Rehabilitation

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module provides students with an introduction to the techniques required to offer clients in disability and related settings an up-to-date, effective rehabiltation service. It presents rehabilitation as a continuum encompassing functional, social, and vocational rehabilitation practices. It explores current methodologies for promoting the development and full participation of those with a range of disabilities such as communication, assessment techniques, psychological supports and assisstive technology.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On compleion of this module, students will be able to:
1) Understand the nature of rehabilitation
2) Reflect on the disability management continuum;
3) Identify the key elements in rehabilitation planning;
4) Critique key aspects of rehabilitation service provision in Ireland;
5) identify assistive technology and other support needs.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to rehabilitation
Accessible communication
Assistive Technology
Psychological rehabilitation & mental health

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is structured as a series of seminars led by expert practitioners, where students are presented with the seminar material, and encouraged to work though the key topics with a focus on their application to their own work setting. Discussion is central to supporting students to reflect on challenges and solutions and apply these issues to their own experience. Students share their experience of the relevant issues with their peers. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

1) An honours BA at 2.2 Honours level or above 2) To be working with a relevant client group 3) To register for the other modules which comprise the MSc in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies

Learning Recommendations:

Some prior experience working in the field with a relevant client group

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY40140 - Rehabilitation Practice, PSY40170 - Independ Living and Technology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: Attendance and participation Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Preparation of an accessible presentation Week 8 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Written assignment on the role of rehabilitation in supporting outcomes for clients Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Reflection on the nature of rehabilitation Week 4 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are provided with written feedback following completion of each mid semester and final assignments

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  

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