We have an international reputation in the development of Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. The main aim of the course is to provide individuals with psychology, computing, industry or clinical care backgrounds, a tailored research training that will allow them to become more efficient and effective scientist-practitioners in AAC.
Why study Augmentative and Alternative Communication at Dundee?
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to strategies and techniques used by individuals who experience difficulties with communication because they have little or no functional speech. AAC can augment speech or it can provide a replacement for spoken communication. In addition to supporting expressive communication, AAC can also support the development of language and natural speech. The development of effective AAC aids is inherently multi-disciplinary and user-centred.
The School of Psychology and the School of Computing have collaborated to develop this course. The main aim of the course is to provide individuals with psychology, computing, industry or clinical care backgrounds, a tailored research training that will allow them to become more efficient and effective scientist-practitioners in AAC. This will be achieved through an enhanced understanding of:
The psychology of language and communication development The design ethnography of AAC solutions The engineering of AAC solutions The effective evaluation of AAC solutions on an individual and group basis
Please note that this course does not lead to a formal qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.
The course is offered on a full time and flexible part-time basis (exit awards of PGCert and PGDip also available).
What's great about Augmentative and Alternative Communication at Dundee?
This course offers a unique approach to the study and development of AAC solutions because of our emphasis on multi-disciplinary teamwork.
Find out more on the School of Psychology's MSc Augmentative and Alternative Communication course page.
Who should study this course?
This course is aimed at engineers, teachers, practitioners and individuals with communication difficulties, plus anyone who wishes to improve the design and utilisation of AAC technology.
The start date is September each year, and lasts for 12 months.
How you will be taught
Learning methods will include oral and written presentations, peer assessments of oral presentations, problem-solving assignments and feedback, and interactive computer assignments.
Some of the exercises will be group-based and will be followed by presentation of the results of the analysis. Learners will be expected to be able to respond adequately to questions relating to the interpretation of the analyses.
One-on-one supervision of a research dissertation by a single tutor is designed to promote continuity in the learning experiences provided.
What you will study
Research Foundations Qualitative Research Methods Advanced Quantitative Methods Computing Research Frontiers Human Computer Interaction Computing the User Experience Research Dissertation One Advanced Modules, typically from:
Gesture, Cognition and Communication Reading Development and Disability Research in Practice Comparative Communication and Cognition You will also be required to attend bi-weekly AAC Reading Group and Straight Talking User Group meetings.
How you will be assessed
The course will be assessed mainly by coursework. Each module is worth 20 credits apart from the Research Dissertation Module which is worth 60 credits. The total number of credits awarded is 180 for an MSc course.
Recent National reviews have highlighted the need for better training in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The aim of this course is to enhance the career prospects of existing and prospective practitioners in AAC.