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MSc Augmentative and Alternative Communication


Course Description

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

Core Modules:

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.

Careers

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.

Visit the MSc Augmentative and Alternative Communication page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

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5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 20+ Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/psyc.htm


(Scholarship)

School of Psychology Alumni Scholarship - 8 Awards

£600 Scholarship towards tuition fees for students who have graduated from the School of Psychology, based on academic merit.

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

You must be a graduate from the School of Psychology, and have received an offer for a Taught Masters Course in the School of Psychology

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.
You must complete the form and return to Admissions and Student Recruitment, as per the instructions provided.
You will be notified whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/psyc.htm


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School of Psychology Overseas Scholarship - 3 Awards

£3,000 Scholarship towards tuition fees for international applicants to the School of Psychology, based on academic merit.

Value of Scholarship(s)

1000

Eligibility

You must be an overseas fee payer and have received an offer for a Taught Masters course in the School of Psychology

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form and return to Admissions and Student Recruitment, as per the instructions provided.You will be notified whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/psyc.htm


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Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Funded Places - 7 Awards

Due to an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy to develop a high-level skills base, the University of Dundee is pleased to announce that we can offer 7 fully-funded places to eligible students starting in September 2013. The funded places cover all tuition fees associated with the MSc programme and applicants classified as Scottish or EU for fee purposes are eligible to apply. Funded places will be awarded competitively to applicants with the strongest applications in the judgement of the course leaders. This will principally be based on a student's prior academic performance, but equivalent work experience may also be taken into account.

Value of Scholarship(s)

7,500

Eligibility

Applicants must be classed as having Scottish/EU fee status by the University of Dundee to be considered for a funded place.

Application Procedure

Applicants should indicate their wish to be considered when they complete their UKPASS application.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/postgraduate/sfc-fully-funded-msc.htm?finda



Entry Requirements

You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class (normally upper second class) honours degree in Psychology, or a relevant area such as Computing, Engineering, Education or Speech & Language Therapy. We also welcome applications from applicants with relevant AAC experience. All applicants will be assessed by the MSc Course Director. English Language Requirement: IELTS of 7.5 (or equivalent), with no component less than 7, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

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