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Programme: MA Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Coursework)

Code Faculty
01252132 Faculty of Humanities
Credits Duration
Duration of study: 2 years Total credits: 240
Contact:
Prof KM Tönsing
[email protected]
+27 (0)124204729

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology; or
  • A BAHons (AAC) degree; or
  • Any other relevant degree at the level of an honours degree, provided that sufficient background in communication theory and research is evident, in which case an admissions examination may be required;
  • A minimum average of 65% in the final-year modules of the previous relevant qualification;
  • A minimum of 65% in the research module of the previous qualification.

 

Minimum credits: 90

Core modules

  • Module content:

    Theories of communication, information processing, language development and literacy acquisition are dealt with as related to persons in need of or using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The role of AAC within a bioecological, social constructivist view of disability is explored. Current research issues in the field are explored in relation to different contexts and different populations. At the end of this module the student must be able to
    • discuss different communication models relevant to AAC and apply these to case studies;
    • discuss the influence of AAC on communication, information processing, language development
    and literacy acquisition in relation to specific cases;
    • Identify and review current research focus areas in the field

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  • Module content:

    This module will discuss the participation model (based on a bioecological, social constructivist approach) as a framework for AAC assessment and intervention. The following aspects will furthermore be dealt with in more detail:
    • Appropriate assessment approaches;
    • Intervention approaches specific to selected populations with specific reflection upon the evidence
    base for these approaches;
    • The use of communication aids with specific focus on devices, as well as considerations for
    appropriate selection, design and programming;
    • Appropriate positioning for maximising participation of persons with physical disabilities.
    At the end of this module the student should be able to apply this knowledge to devise, justify and
    critically reflect upon an appropriate assessment and intervention plan for a given client.

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Minimum credits: 90

Core modules

  • Module content:

    The mini-dissertation should consist of an independent research project of limited scope on a topic related to the field of AAC selected in collaboration with the supervisor(s). The project must be based on an approved research proposal and ethics clearance if the latter is required for the project.

    At the end of this module the student must be able to
    • develop a clearly defined research proposal that reflects an understanding of the different components;
    • obtain ethics clearance for this project;
    • conduct a thorough literature review based on the topic proposed;
    • conduct a pilot study to test methodological procedures; and
    • discuss the expected outcomes in a well-integrated manner.

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