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Module PPP-4026:
Clin&Applied Neurosci:Theory

Module Facts

Run by School of Psychology

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Katja Kornysheva

Overall aims and purpose

The module aims to introduce students to the theoretical principles and technical advances in applied neuroscience leading to new rehabilitation interventions and clinical assessment tools, the enhancement of human performance, and the design of new technology.

Course content

The module aims to introduce students to the theoretical principles and technical advances in applied neuroscience. It will expose the students to the theory of applied and use-inspired basic research, neural modules and computations to enhance learning and performance, rehabilitation neuroscience, with a focus on restoring sensory and motor functions, and language. Moreover the module will cover brain stimulation methods (TMS, tDCS, tACS) as clinical diagnostic and treatment tools, principles of neuro- and biofeedback, brain-computer interfaces and user-inspired technological and product design (neuroergonomics).

Assessment Criteria


D+ to D- (threshold) • Knowledge of key areas/principles only • Limited evidence of background study • Answer only poorly focused on question & with some irrelevant material & poor structure • Attempts to present relevant and coherent arguments • Has several factual/computational errors • No original interpretation • Only major links between topic are described • Limited problem solving • Many weaknesses in presentation & accuracy

C- to C+

C+ to C- (satifactory) • Knowledge of key area/principles • Understands the main elements of the subject area • Limited evidence of background study • Answer focused on question but with little irrelevant material, & weaknesses in structure • Arguments presented but lack coherence • Has several factual/computational errors • No original interpretation • Only major links between topics are described • Limited problem solving • Minor weaknesses in presentation & accuracy


B+ to B- (good) • Strong Knowledge • Understands most but not all of subject area • Evidence of background study • Focused answer with good structure • Arguments presented coherently • Mostly free of factual/computational errors • Some limited original interpretation • Well known links described between topics • Problems addressed by existing methods/approaches • Good presentation, accurate communication


A* to A- (excellent) Comprehensive knowledge • Detailed understanding of the subject area • Extensive background study • Highly focused answer & well-structured • Logically presented & defended arguments • No factual/computational errors • Original interpretation • New links to topic are presented • New approach to a problem • Excellent presentation with very accurate communication

Learning outcomes

  1. Assessment 2: Ability to - Critically discuss how basic and applied science relate to one another. - Evaluate the fundamental principles underlying best practice in translational neuroscience. - Identify and discuss relevant peer-reviewed literature going beyond the content covered in class or the supplied reading lists. - Critically and comprehensively discuss the strengths and limitations of different approaches to enhance human performance using applied neuroscience.

  2. Assessment 1: Ability to - Orally present peer-reviewed journal publications in the field of clinical, applied and basic neuroscience. - Critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of an experimental study with potential for application, or an application with relevance to inform basic neuroscience. - Guide a discussion on a topic in the field of clinical and applied neuroscience. - Summarize the class discussion in writing and add further discussion points based on background reading and research. - Generate well-founded conclusions based on the topics discussed in class.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Written assignment, including essay Final Essay

• Part 1: Discussion of theoretical principles of applied neuroscience, including how basic and applied sciences relate to one another (max. 1000 words). • Part 2: Critical evaluation of the strength and limitation of a selected example of a neurorehabilitation approach, neurofeedback, neural stimulation, BCI, behavioural training technique or a new technology (max. 3000 words). This may be related to the Lecture material and the reading lists. You are also welcome to introduce and critically discuss an example of a neuroscience application which not feature in the module curriculum. Note that this part of the essay should not be on the same topic as your Oral presentation and corresponding written report (i.e. your first assignment). If the topic you select for the second part of your essay is scheduled in a future Lecture, please free to approach the Lecturer regarding reading lists so you can start preparing the assignment in advance.

ORAL Assessment 1, Part1 - Power Point presentation

Students will sign up for an individual oral presentation and discussion of the topic of their choice taking place weekly on Thursdays. This will be on one or two research papers directly related to the respective (preceding) Lecture on Tuesdays. This assessment involves and Oral presentation (approx. 20 min.), discussion leading in class (30-40 min.) and a written summary (length: max. 1000 words, Due: 7 days after oral presentation)

Assessment 1, Part2 - Summary of the paper, discussion and conclusions 20

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

160h, amounting to 11h of private study per week.


Lecture (22h) and Discussion (8h). 2h lectures per week with an option to discuss and clarify specific subtopics with the Lecturer teaching the respective topic, one-to-one or in small groups in 8 drop-in sessions.




Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • 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

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