Applied Clinical Neuropsychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1068
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Karolina Janacsek

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Psychopathology & Clinical Psychology

Aims

The aims of the module are: To expand knowledge of Clinical Psychology from level 5 in a more neuropsychological framework; To introduce students to the concepts, theories and historical underpinnings of clinical neuropsychology; To build students’ knowledge of neuropsychological foundations of various mental illnesses and neurodegenerative disorders; To introduce students to principles of neuropsychological assessment and practice; To develop students’ ability to critically evaluate neuropsychological principles and research.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Demonstrate a working knowledge of human neuropsychology relevant to mental health and/or neurological disorders.
2 Understand the use of tests for neuropsychological assessment.
3 Give theoretical accounts of different neuropsychological disorders.
4 Consider issues for working clinically with individuals with cognitive impairment.
5 Critically compare neuropsychological methodology with other methodologies within cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and choose the most appropriate methodology for a particular investigation.

Indicative content

• Historical background and research methodology specific to Clinical Neuropsychology.
• Principles of neuropsychological assessment.
• The cognitive neuropsychology of schizophrenia and depression.
• Cognitive change in neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Dementias, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Motor neurone disease).
• Cognitive deficits in acquired conditions (e.g. traumatic brain injury/head injury, toxic conditions, infectious diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome).
• Child Neuropsychology (i.e. acquired central nervous system difficulties in children, neurodevelopmental disorders).
• The emotional impact of injury and disability for individuals, family members and carers.
• Forensic issues in neuropsychology.
• Cognitive rehabilitation, models of cognitive processing, measuring efficacy and outcome.
• Multicultural perspectives of neuropsychological assessment and treatment.

Teaching and learning activity

• Interactive lectures and seminars.
• Group discussion.
• Clinical vignettes.
• Videos.
• Self-study supported by library facilities

Assessment

Literature review - 100%
LO - 1 to 5
Pass mark - 40%
3000 words.
Students will have the opportunity to study in depth neural mechanisms and underlying cognitive functions involved in a mental health or neurological disorder of current interest, making use of lecture material, library facilities and electronic databases. They will conceive their own title for their library project related to a topic covered on this module; the title will seek approval from the module tutor. They will write a scholarly review with a focus on brain-based empirical data, methodology, clinical considerations, recent advances and future directions. The review will include an analysis and synthesis of relevant research and an evaluation of theories and evidence.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning
Students will be required to present their chose title for the literature review assignment to the tutor for approval. They will need to explain its relevance to the module and how they will go about their literature search. This will allow formative assessment of their chosen topic and of their understanding of the basic brain mechanisms underlying the neurological/mental health condition they will review. They will obtain feedback from the tutor.
During seminars, students will also be given the opportunity to discuss their progress on this module with the tutor.