- Code PSYC3016
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Medical Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology
This course focuses on the investigation of cognitive structures and processes through the assessment and treatment of patients following brain injury. The course consists of these modules:
- Introduction to Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Cognitive Neuroscience: Investigating Brain Networks
- Clinical Neuropsychology: Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment
- Behavioural Neuroscience: Spatial Memory and Navigation, and the Neurobiology of Dementia
- Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
- Neuropsychological Rehabilitation of Unilateral Visuospatial Neglect
You will have the opportunity to learn about, discuss, and evaluate methods including clinical neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging. You will also have the opportunity to learn about neuropsychological case studies. The focus will be on patterns of impaired performance in patients who, following brain injury, have disorders of cognition and perception. Topics will include: anosognosia and other delusions, episodic memory, unilateral visuospatial neglect, and neuropsychological rehabilitation.
The lectures will be matched to laboratory classes, in which you will gain the skills required to move confidently into clinical and academic research.
Note: This course is an Honours Pathway Course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain and evaluate scientific methods for advancing psychological knowledge, with an emphasis on understanding both the neural basis of selected psychological processes and cultural influences on cognition.
- Explain the strengths and limitations of various methodological approaches in cognitive experimental psychology, cognitive neuropsychology and clinical neuropsychology, with the goal of moving to independent neuropsychological research.
- Evaluate the clinical research tools used to recommend treatment for neuropsychological disorders that occur following brain injury, such as disorders of visual and somatosensory attention, memory, and executive functions.
- Research, integrate, and effectively communicate knowledge in the field by presenting the output as part of a small-group project.
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) required competencies:
As part of the mandatory requirements from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), students must demonstrate the specific competencies listed in the learning outcomes for this course. For example, group tasks assess the required demonstration of teamwork skills, and presentations assess the required demonstration of oral communication skills. Some students may be eligible to have recommended reasonable adjustments applied to materials, activities or assessment tasks provided the integrity of the course, and the competencies being assessed, are maintained.
For more information, please contact the Course Convenor.
- Laboratory Class Exercises, including On-Line Reflection Posts, Quizzes, etc. (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Laboratory Class Small-Group Presentation (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mid-Semester Examination (30) [LO 1,2]
- Final Examination (40) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component, which may consist of 2 hours of lectures per week and 4 x 3-hour laboratory classes spread across the semester.
- Approximately 94 hours of self-directed study, which will include preparation for lectures, laboratory classes, and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
There is no textbook for this course. Required readings (and supplementary readings) will consist of journal articles and book chapters, which will be assigned weekly by the lecturer.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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