SRC932 - Medical and Functional Aspects of Disability

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Last revision date 2018-07-09 09:57:45.08
Last review date 2018-07-09 09:57:45.082

Subject Title
Medical and Functional Aspects of Disability

Subject Description
This subject familiarizes students with particular body systems and provides a basic understanding of a variety of disabilities and abnormalities. Students will learn about disabling conditions in a life span perspective including causes, prevention, adaptive devices and expected improvement. The major focus is on chronic disorders which result in long-term issues and adjustments for clients, their families and society. The medical, functional, psychosocial, environmental and vocational implications of the disorders are examined.

Credit Status
Credit toward the Seneca Rehabilitation Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Use medical terminology to identify and describe the anatomical origins and physiological basis of various disorders;

2. Discuss the functional limitations of various disabilities;

3. Articulate the physical, functional, psychosocial, vocational, environmental, and cultural implications of these disorders on the individual, the family and society;

4. Identify appropriate assistive devices, mobility and technological aids, and architectural accommodations to maximize an individual's function;

5. Develop Individual Rehabilitation Programs for specific disorders;

6. Demonstrate familiarity with pharmacology by discussing the impact of medications as they relate to daily living and the vocational process.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Students should consult the website information each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements. Online at

Topic Outline

  • Definitions and Terminology
  • Body Systems: including but not limited to Cardiac, Respiratory, Musculo-Skeletal, Endocrine etc.
  • Life Functions, healing infection
  • Common Disorders and diseases, injuries, addiction
  • Pharmacology,Disabilities
  • Assistve devices
  • Mobility and Technological Aids 

Mode of Instruction
Independent Learning/Distance Learning: 
This course will be delivered via the self-paced individualized learning method. This may involve the use of a text, learner guide and consultation with your instructor either by telephone, mail, or email . Students will be responsibile for completing all self-paced exercises outlined in the learner guide. The time allotment for completion of the course is 20 weeks from the official start date. 

Prescribed Texts

No textbook required.

Reference Material
APA citation

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
All discussion assignments and written assignments must be submitted by the due date shown on the Course Timeline.

Assignments are to be grammatically correct, and marks may be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in their written work. 

All assignments must be cited.  Students are referred to the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):  

A student must obtain a passing grade (50% or higher) on the combined assignments and term work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 


Quizzes (2 @ 7.5%) 15%
Midterm 25%
Case Study 15%
Drug Study 15%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers