PSY40870 Multielement Behaviour Support

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces the student to a biological, psychological, social and environmental understanding of the role behaviours of concern serve for someone living with a disability. Informed by a Human Rights Based Approach the Multi-Element Behaviour Support Framework will be covered. The student will develop their competencies in working collaboratively with assessment methods, intervention design and writing of a support plan along with implementation and evaluation techniques included in this Framework. Legal, ethical, risk and decision making are all explored in the context of relevant legislation and local, national and international policies.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module the student will be able to:
1. Review and critique the contemporary theories and principles in behavioural change science.
2. Critically appraise and evaluate the validity of behavioural support models including the Multi-Element Model.
3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the use of function-based assessment and intervention strategies.
4. Identify and design systems that support the provision and evaluation of behavioural support services.
5. Analyse and critique legislation, policy, research, media and professional standards as they relate to behavioural support.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching and learning will be based on collaborative enquiry that encourages the student to draw upon their experiences and knowledge. This will be facilitated through the medium of lectures, group work, group discussion, critique and debate, case studies, student presentation, guided study, self-directed learning, and personal reflection. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Where taken as part of MSc in Disability students are required to comply with module requirements for this programme.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Mid-term group assignment Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: End of year assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% 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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Online automated feedback provided through Brightspace

Name Role
Ms Caroline Dench Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Christina Doody Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Gillian Martin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 51 Week(s) - 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 Tues 09:00 - 11:50