Clinical Neuropsychology I
Run by School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr David Carey
Overall aims and purpose
Aims The module will introduce students to the principles of neuropsychological assessment, provide an understanding of the pathophysiology of common diseases causing neuropsychological disability, and a foundation in functional neuroanatomy and neurological localisation relevant to the practice of clinical neuropsychology. It will also introduce students to neuropsychological disorders frequently encountered in clinical practice such as amnesia, aphasia, neglect, visuospatial impairment, agnosia, alexia, apraxia, and dysexecutive disorders.
Introduction to the Course DC Neuroanatomy and neuroscience review DC Neuropathology DC and RC Neuropsychological Assessment DC, OT and RC Parietal lobes DC Frontal lobes OT Memory OT Language DC Neurorehabilitation RC
DC – Dr. David Carey RC – Dr. Rudi Coetzer OT – Prof. Oliver Turnbull
Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Evidence provided from lecture material as well as reading. Depth of insight into disgnosis, assessment and classification.
Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material with few errors but less evidence of clear understanding.
Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments, evidence of insight, or extra reading.
Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of common neurological diseases (including stroke and traumatic brain injury) causing neuropsychological disability, and the ability to integrate this knowledge for generating hypotheses guiding neuropsychological assessment.
Describe the purpose of neuropsychological assessment, and review potential pitfalls in interpreting assessment data.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of functional neuroanatomy relevant to neuropsychological disorders.
Demonstrate the ability to integrate information from the neurological history and examination to generate hypotheses guiding neuropsychological assessment.
|EXAM||Mid Term Exam||
A 50 item multiple choice exam which wil cover material from lectures and required readings fromt he first eight lectures and associated workshops. Previous examination papers wil be available in Blackboard and ont he library website to guide study. meta-cognitive marking wil be utilised, where an "Undecided" choice can be made for each question (no points gained of lost) a correct answer gains one point and an incorrect answer incurs a penalty of 1/3 rd of a point.
The examination consistes of two parts. Part A requires students to answer 3 or 5 short answer questions (worth 50% of the total mark). Part B requires the student to choose one of two neuropsychological case studies to review and analyse. (Worth the other 50% of the total marks). A description of a single case is provided, included a patient history and several neuropsychological and neurological signs and symptoms. Students wil be required to discuss: 1) Explaining your reasoning based on the signs and symptoms detailed in the case report, what is the most likely lesion location(s)?
2) What is the most likely disease to have caused this problem, and discuss what other disease process(es) need to be considered and ruled out. Explain how you arrived at your conclusion concerning which disease is most likely – as well as explaining what aspects of the case help you to rule out some possibilities in the “diagnosis”.
3) What neuropsychological tests would you employ to assess both the domains of mental function that you hypothesize to be impaired, as well as those you expect may be preserved in this patient? Be specific about the performance you anticipate on the tests you chose.
This exam is baced on material from the enture module and not just new material delivered after the midterm examination.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Weekly lecture across semester.
Students can expect to undertake 10 hours of self-study with regard to this module, each week throughout semester. Self-study will include reading and preparation for assessments.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- 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.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues and integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
- Retrieve and organise information effectively.
- Handle primary source material critically.
- Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
- Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
- Understand and investigate the role of brain function in all human behaviour and experience.
- Comprehend and use psychological data effectively, demonstrating a systematic knowledge of the application and limitations of various research paradigms and techniques.
- Use a range of statistical methods with confidence.
- Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.