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PS30169: Cognitive neuropsychology

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 80%, OR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Report (OR 20%)
  • Report 2 (ES 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must ( take PS20106 AND take PS20108 ) OR take PS20167
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to provide students with:
* A solid grounding in the methods used by neuropsychologists to assess patients and to use these findings to inform the understanding of normal brain function.
* The opportunity to develop critical and analytical skills in dealing with their own and others' theoretical ideas.
* The opportunity to develop and explore skills and confidence in using relevant bibliographic databases and other IT resources (e.g. MEDLINE, PSYCHINFO, etc.) for the access and retrieval of psychological, biological and medical literature.
* The ability to apply neuropsychology knowledge to a variety of problems.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully competing this unit, students should be able to:
* Critically evaluate how Cognitive Neuropsychology informs normal brain function.
* Develop a critical analysis of theoretical positions in Neuropsychology
* Critically understand the role of research methods in Neuropsychology
* Clearly and usefully disseminate information about Cognitive Neuropsychology to a variety of audiences


* Basic skills in assessing and diagnosing patients with suspected neuropsychological problems, and the ability to relate these to associated theoretical and research developments - T/F
* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) - T/A
* Ability to select, critically evaluate and summarise information from multiple sources - F/A
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models - F/A
* Ability to apply theory into practice - T/F/A
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question - T/F/A
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines - A
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance - F

Neuroanatomy, History of neuropsychology, Methods of neuropsychological enquiry, Disorders of vision and attention, Disorders of language, Disorders of memory, Disorders of executive function, Neurorehabilitation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS30169 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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