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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module PSYC3797: Sensory and Social Processing in Autism

Department: Psychology

PSYC3797: Sensory and Social Processing in Autism

Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • • 60 credits from Level 2 Psychology


  • • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • • None


  • In this module you will learn about sensory and social processing in autism from multiple perspectives, including lived experience, behaviour, cognition, and neural processes. You will learn about why autistic people process and react to sensory and social input differently to others, considering what is happening in the brain, all the way through to what is experienced by an individual.


  • This module examines sensory and social processing in autism.
  • This module will examine theories and research related to autism, sensory processing, and social processing from experiential, behavioural, and cognitive-neuroscientific perspectives.
  • The module will also cover related socio-cultural and historical issues.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed knowledge of sensory and social processing in autism including current theory and evidence.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to review critically and consolidate understanding of a coherent body of psychological knowledge and apply it appropriately
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good IT skills in word processing
  • Ability to work independently in scholarship and research within broad guidelines

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

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Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
2 hour lectures 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Preparation and Reading 80
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University