Understanding Intellectual Disability

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Understanding Intellectual Disability

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Health Science, Special Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module introduces the student to the concept of intellectual disability including causes,manifestations, history of service provision and ethical issues that arise in care. Other areas examined over the course of this module include working in partnership with individuals and families, accessing mainstream services, adopting a caring and supportive role, health care, quality of life, dignity,advocacy and helping individuals to reach their full potential. How and where nurses provide care to individuals with intellectual disability will be discussed together with the interdisciplinary nature of care.The importance of communication will also be examined. The student is expected to complete a portfolio of evidence and complete a short test early in the module. Students are expected to participate in class in group work,on-line learning and individual reading and reflection. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Examine the concept of, factors that contribute to and causes and manifestations of intellectual disability.
    2. Explore the major health care issues that impact on individuals with intellectual disability and examine appropriate interventions.
    3. Demonstrate how dignity, autonomy, equality of opportunity,quality of life,and the safety of individuals with intellectual disability is promoted.
    4. Examine literature on the concept of vulnerability and marginalisation paying particular attention to the skills and knowledge required to respond effectively to these issues in caring for individuals with intellectual disability and their families across the lifespan.
    5. Discuss the particular challenges that arise when communicating with individuals with intellectual disability and examine ways of adapting communication for individuals with differing needs.
    6. Explore expectations and experiences relating to becoming an intellectual disability student nurse at DCU. Explore the resources available to you as a student nurse over the course of this academic and professional qualification.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.