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Augmentative and alternative communication methods (nonstop) (1 cr)

Code: TH00CO47-3001

General information


15.06.2023 - 30.11.2023


01.08.2023 - 31.12.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

1 op

Virtual portion

1 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning


Kupittaa Campus

Teaching languages

  • Finnish


0 - 500

Degree programmes

  • Degree Programme in Social Services


  • Ulla Niittyinperä

Scheduling groups

  • Avoimen AMK:n kiintiöpaikat. Ilmoittaudu ilman tätä pienryhmää. (Size: 500. Open UAS: 500.)

Small groups

  • Open UAS quota. Please enroll without selecting this group.


Teacher's materials in itslearning, only in Finnish.

For the exam, the student can also read literature supporting the topic, available only in Finnish.

In English supporting material:

Who's Afraid of AAC? The UK Guide to Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Alison Battye

Teaching methods

Online studies, videolectures, independent exercises, exam.

Exam schedules

Nonstop. You can do test, when you have studied the course.
You can do the test as many times you like. You need to have 80 % of the answers right, then the test is accepted. There is four parts in the test.

International connections

The goal of the course is to get students interested about the topic and to actively search information. It is not possible to teach everything about this topic in one course, but the course guides students to seek information from reliable sources and advises a good attitude - everyone has the right to communicate and there are many ways to do so.

The competences for this course are:

Initiative skills = the student is able to tell about different AAC methods in the workplace, showing a model to others.

Creativity = the student knows how to use different methods creatively with individual customers, the student develops the readiness to think differently, the student has a good attitude to experiment and the courage to interact.

Teamwork = the student knows how to cooperate in a multiprofessional team and knows its importance when, for example, applying for communication guidance.

Critical thinking = the student knows how to put himself in the customer's position, the student is able to question many prevailing practices, the student understands the importance of communication and interaction for everyone, including non-speaking (essential language) people.

Network skills = the student knows how to seek advice from multiprofessional networks and organizations, the student knows who to contact when student needs more information.

Completion alternatives

Not available.

Student workload

The course is independent course, you can study it at anytime. You have time to 31.12. to study the course. If you have questions about the course, you can contact to

The scope of the course is 1 credit, i.e. 27 hours of student work.

Start: info, reading, links, video (1 min), about 1 h
Services: reading, links, video (6 min), assignment, about 2 h
AAC: video (3 min), observation, task, reflection, about 15 min
Easy language: reading, assignments, articles for the exam, about 8.5 hours
Assisted: videos (several, choose a few, 1 h), task, video (2 min), about 1 h
Tools: task, about 1 hour
Symbols: reading, links, task, about 1.25 h
Writing: reading, videos (2 min, 2 min), drawing by yourself, about 15 min
Subjects: reading, video (5 min), about 30 min
Unassisted: reading, assignments, about 30 min
Signs: video (2 min, 2 min, 14 min, 3 min, 4 min), task, video (6 min), about 3 h
Haptics: reading, task, about 30 min
Essential language: reading, video (2 min), about 15 min
Exam: duration 80 min, reading of materials, learning, 7 h

Assessment criteria, approved/failed

80 % answers right

Content scheduling

Nonstop course, in autumn semester from August to December, in spring semester January to May.

Further information

Course do not have open discussions. Questions about the course you can send to

Evaluation scale


Assessment methods and criteria

Accepted - Not accepted. Accepted course includes all four tests done and accepted. Study record markings are added in register approximately once in month.