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Postgraduate Course: Cognitive Neuropsychology (CLPS11060)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will be structured around five 2.5 x hour lectures and supportive materials. It will cover topics such as: how the brain and other biological factors influence human behaviour, cognition and affect, advantages and limitations of common research methodologies used, as well as how these theories help us understand both neuropathological impairments and normal mental life.
Course description This course provides essential coverage of clinical and cognitive neuropsychology. The course is divided into five 2.5 x hour lectures. The lectures provide students with an understanding of the relationship between brain and behaviour by analysing how patterns of spared and impaired cognitive abilities following brain damage could inform the normal architecture of the mind. The lectures and reading materials will also guide students to critically appraise the methodologies commonly used in this line of research, clinical evaluations, neuropsychological assessments, brain-imaging techniques, and physiological measures. Each lecture will include core neuropsychology or biological psychology theories and also make connections to mental health through referring to specific studies. These are intended to facilitate students to appreciation of the applications of theories and research in this area.

The course is a core component of the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) but will be open to others at the discretion of the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  200
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 24/02/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 12.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 85 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative assessment will be in the form of a 2-hour exam worth 100% of the course.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given during question and answer session on topics covered in the course,

Summative feedback will be given on the exam.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of neuropsychological and biological psychology
  2. Psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives
  3. Critical reflection on how biological and neuropsychological psychological perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness
Reading List
Main textbook:
Ward, J. (2015) The student's guide to Cognitive Neuroscience. 3rd Edition. Psychology Press.

Additional textbooks:
Baddeley, A., Eysenck, M.W., Anderson, M.C. (2014) Memory. Psychology Press.
Della Sala, S. (Ed.) (2007). Tall tales about the Mind and Brain. Oxford University Press.
Della Sala, S. (2010) Forgetting. Psychology Press
Gazzaniga, M.S., Ivry, R.B., Mangun, G.R. (2008). Cognitive Neuroscience. 3rd Edition. W.W. Norton & Company.
Heilman, K.M., Valenstein, E. (2011). Clinical Neuropsychology. 5th Edition. Oxford University Press.
Kolb, B., Whishaw, I.Q. (2008). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology. 6th Edition. Worth Publishers.
Macpherson, S.E., Della Sala, S. (2015). The handbook of frontal assessment. Oxford University Press.
Rapp, B. (2002). Handbook of Cognitive Neuropsychology: What Deficits Reveal About the Human Mind. Taylor & Francis.
Shallice, T. Cooper, R.P. (2011). The organization of the mind. Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources
Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Sergio Della Sala
Tel: (0131 6)51 3242
Course secretaryMr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498
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