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Postgraduate Course: Neuropsychology & Older Adults (CLPS12015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaClinical Psychology Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Older Adults Module:
The aims of the older adults teaching module is to provide trainees with a comprehensive overview of the dynamic nature of psychological work with older adults across a range of settings and to afford opportunities to promote positive values towards older people. Providing trainees with the knowledge to work with older adults can promote the development of additional transferable skills by considering the similarities and differences between working with older adults as compared to other client groups.

The Neuropsychology Module:
The Neuropsychology component of this module complements the preceding teaching on the psychology of Older Adults, a population in whom neuropsyhological difficulties are more common. In addition to providing information on common neurological conditions in the elderly such as dementia, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease it also covers neurological impairments which impact across age ranges such as acquired brain injury, epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis. Teaching on brain anatomy provides the basis for an understanding of the mechanisms of such impairments which is then complemented by an understanding of their clinical manifestations and their impact on individuals and their carers complemented by relevant case examples. Practical training is then provided on the clinical assessment and rehabilitation of these disorders.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 91, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 105 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Neuropsychology ILO's:

By the end of the module, trainees ought to be able to demonstrate:

- Understanding of the anatomical structure of the human brain, and how it functions to affect perception, thought, emotion, language, and behaviour.

- Knowledge of the common mechanisms of neurological impairment, their consequences, assessment and rehabilitation including medico-legal issues.

- The ability to recognise neuropsychological symptoms and assess core areas of concern, such as memory, language, executive dysfunction and perception by selecting appropriate tests, justifying their use and interpreting results with reference to information about the patient's clinical history.

- Competence in the communication of results (case formulation and report writing) from assessment procedures and the ability to author reports to an acceptable professional standard.

- An understanding of the ethical challenges of working with potentially vulnerable groups particularly with regard to issues of consent to treatment.
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Course organiserDr Suzanne O'Rourke
Tel: (0131) 537 4272
Email: Suzanne.O'
Course secretaryMrs Evelyn Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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