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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 covering the major cognitive domains, a range of neurological disordersincluding the dementias, rehabilitation techniques and working within different specialties within clinical neuropsychology.
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 and rehabilitation. Routinely used and standardised clinical neuropsychological test procedures will be covered and where possible experience of those testing procedures will be provided. There is a particular focus on the assessment and rehabilitation of memory and executive functions. The student will also be introduced to the neuropsychological profile of a range of neurological disorders including the dementias. The course also includes input from different clinical neuropsychology specialities, for example paediatric and/or acquired brain injury and/or neurodegenerative diseases.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAs above.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, 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 assessment of two clinical cases Each assignment is worth 50% and consists of a maximum of 2000 words inclusive of citations in text and appendix, and will be undertaken at the end of each teaching block. 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). The course is run in a workshop style with several opportunities for formative feedback including, group discussion, clinical case discussions, and review questions during sessions.
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 textsGurd, J; Kischka, U & Marshall, J C (Eds) (2nd Edition, 2011) The Handbook of clinical neuropsychology.Oxford University Press

Other relevant texts

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

Heilman, K.M. and Valenstein, E. (2011). Clinical neuropsychology. Fith Edition. 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 secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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