Module PPP-4003:
Clinical Neuropsychology II

Module Facts

Run by School of Psychology

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Giovanni d'Avossa

Overall aims and purpose

The main aim of the class is to overview a number of neurological disorders, resulting in cognitive and psychiatric comorbidities, which are likely to be encountered in the office by practicing clinical neuropsychologists. The focus of the course is on disorders affecting adult populations, although one lecture will examine developmental disorder affecting social cognition. Finally, basic findings relevant to understanding neural plasticity and brain remodelling in the injured brain are overviewed and discussed in relation to their implication for recovery and neurorehabilitation. The class addresses most, but not all, of the disorders that the BPS expects psychologists with qualifications in Clinical Neuropsychology to be knowledgeable about (please see: https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/bps.org.uk/files/Qualifications/QICN%20Candidate%20Handbook%202018.pdf). It is expected that familiarity with how to approach the study of disorders of neuropsychological relevance will allow interested students to independently acquire the relevant knowledge, a lifelong ability expected from qualified clinicians

Course content

Most of the course is focused mainly on neurological and psychiatric disorders affecting adult populations. The list of disorders reviewed include: 1. Dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementias. 2. Traumatic Brain Injury. 3. Epilepsy. 4. Stroke 5. Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Additional two lectures are specifically dedicated to the discussion of principles of Neurorehabilitation.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

The student will demonstrate the ability to summarise and critically appraise the rationale, findings and conclusions of studies published in the peer-reviewed literature concerning the consequences of brain disorders on cognitive, physical and emotional function, their treatment and assessment. The student will demonstrate full grasp of research criteria used in the differential diagnosis of major neurocognitive disorders and their use in specific cases. The student will demonstrate detailed knowledge of the epidemiology, pathology and network anatomy pertinent to different brain disorders. The student will demonstrate a good understanding of how neuropsychological assessments can be used to determine the integrity, or lack thereof, of different cognitive and emotional domains. The student will understand and be able to relate major neurocognitive disorders to their most frequently encountered neuropsychological sequelae.

threshold

The student will be able to summarise the main point of a published clinical papers published in the peer-reviewed literature. The student will know the main epidemiological features of common disorders. The student will be able to detail the causes of various neurocognitive disorders. The student will be able to report the major diagnostic criteria of various neurocognitive disorders. The student will be able to differentiate among main cognitive disturbances of memory, attentional and language. The student will have general understanding of the main pathays to recovery in brain injured patients.

good

The student will demonstrate the ability to summarise the main rationale, findings and conclusions of studies published in the peer-reviewed literature concerning the consequences of brain disorders on cognitive, physical and emotional function, their treatment and assessment. The student will recognize common major confounds in clinical studies. The student will demonstrate understanding of the research criteria used in the differential diagnosis of major neurocognitive disorders. The student will demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology, pathology and anatomy pertinent to different brain disorders. The student will demonstrate a good grasp of the main neuropsychological assessments available to determine the integrity of different cognitive and emotional domains. The student will understand and be able to relate major neurocognitive disorders to their most frequently encountered neuropsychological sequelae.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the principles underlying functional recovery from CNS injury.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic facts concerning the epidemiology of major neuro-behavioral disorders.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the common cognitive and psychiatric consequence of major neurological disorders.

  4. Understand the natural history of neurological disorders.

  5. Become familiar with epidemiological terminology. Understand the role and value of epidemiological data in clinical practice.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
In Class Presentation 20
Lieterature Review 20
Final Exam 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture 33
Private study 167

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: