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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Neuropsychology (PSYL11058)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryClinical Neuropsychology introduces; clinical neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation particularly of memory and executive dysfunction and focuses on acquired brain injury (adult and child) and the dementias.

Course is open only to those students enrolled within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS). Students outwith PPLS may contact the Course Organiser to query if any space is available after week 2.
Course description The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to clinical neuropsychology. The student will be introduced to methods of clinical neuropsychological assessment (including standardised clinical neuropsychology tests) and rehabilitation techniques. A key principle is critical evaluation of the literature to train the student to undertake evidence based clinical practice. There is a particular focus on the assessment and rehabilitation of memory and executive functions in a range of neuropsychological disorders including acquired brain injury and the dementias. Lectures often focus around a video of a case assessment. The course also includes input from different clinical neuropsychology specialities working within the NHS, including adult and paediatric clinical neuropsychology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Prior experience on cognitive or neuropsychology teaching is recommended.

Course is open only to those students enrolled within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS). Students outwith PPLS may contact the Course Organiser to query if any space is available after week 2.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written report at the end of each teaching block, each assignment is worth 50% of the total mark. Each report consists of questions about a particular case/scenario and consists of a maximum of 2000 words inclusive of citations in text and appendix. It is given during the last lecture of each teaching block and the student has one week to complete.
Feedback The first written assessment (clinical case 1) is undertaken following teaching the first block of 5 lectures.

Feedback given is then formative so they can incorporate into learning into the second block of teaching and the second written assessment (clinical case 2).

Several aspects of the course are run in a workshop style with opportunities for formative feedback including, group discussion, clinical case discussions, quizzes.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. gain knowledge of the key areas within clinical neuropsychology including assessment and rehabilitation techniques, neuropsychology of a range of neurological disorders and specialisms within the discipline
  2. critically understand the specialized research which underlies areas within the discipline
  3. apply knowledge and skills in clinical neuropsychological assessment and in practical use of a range of materials specific to the discipline
  4. critically review and apply knowledge to practical clinical situations
  5. synthesize knowledge and apply to practical clinical situation providing foundations for a scientist-clinician practitioner
Reading List
Main Texts
Goldstein, L.H. and McNeil, J.E. (2nd edition 2012). Clinical Neuropsychology: a practical guide to assessment and management for clinicians. John Wiley and Sons.

Wilson, B., Weingardner, J, Van Heugtnan, C.M. Ownsworth, T. (Eds) (1st Edition, 2017) Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: The international handbook. Routledge

Other relevant texts

Gurd, J; Kischka, U & Marshall, J C (Eds) (2nd Edition, 2011) The Handbook of clinical neuropsychology.Oxford University Press

Specific readings will be provided prior to each lecture.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop clinical skills which are transferable to a variety of 'clinical' settings within psychology and beyond. Students will develop principles of working as a scientist-practitioner and develop skills to critically understand, synthesize and apply academic knowledge to a working environment.
KeywordsCognitive Assessment,Cognitive Rehabilitation,Brain and Neurological Disorder
Course organiserProf Sharon Abrahams
Tel: (0131 6)50 3339
Course secretaryMs Pilar Rodriguez Couceiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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