PY3NAD-Neurology and Neuroimaging in Aging Related Neurocognitive Disorders

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Vigneswaran Veeramuthu


Summary module description:
«p»While neurocognitive disorders are among the most common form of degenerative complaints seen in the ageing population, early identification, diagnostic accuracy and treatment remains a challenge. In this module students will be introduced to neurological theories, principles and practises, along with an introduction to neuroimaging modalities used in diagnosing elderly patients with neuropsychological and neurocognitive alterations. The module consists of classroom lectures, critical discussions, clinical field visits and/or practical simulated sessions to enable students to develop an understanding of the nature of neurocognitive disorders in ageing populations, and the clinical process involved in managing them from a neuropsychological perspective«/p»


The module aims to introduce the neurological and neuroimaging principles and modalities governing the accurate diagnosis and treatment of common neurocognitive disorders among elderly patients including Alzheimers Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia,  Vascular Dementia,  Lewy Body Dementia. Students will explore the neurological basis to neurocognitive disorders among the elderly population, followed by the common neuropsychological symptoms and signs in disease identification and the advantage of using neuroimaging modalities for diagnostic accuracy.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will be able to:  

•    Critically analyse research on the neurological basis of common neurocognitive disorders in the elderly population

•    Demonstrate advanced understanding of relevant neuropsychological signs and symptoms and imaging-anatomical markers in each dementia subtype

•    Apply their understanding of the key factors in neurocognitive disorders by identifying appropriate treatment approaches.


Additional outcomes:

•    Students will be introduced to history taking, simple assessment tools, and basic neuroimage acquisition  

•    Students will gain experience in the interpretation and clinical application of research in neuropsychological services

•    Students will further develop their critical thinking and presentation skills through course-work and group activities.


Outline content:

The module consists of seven 2-hour seminars that include lectures and group discussions. Students will be introduced to common neurocognitive disorders in the ageing population, clinical approaches to diagnosis encompassing history taking, mental status examination and neuropsychological evaluation, neurologic examination, and basic imaging investigations. In addition, neuropsychological treatments, therapies and rehabilitation modalities that could be used in treating patients with neurocognitive disorders will also be explored.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

In addition to lectures by the module convenor, students will be required to participate in discussions and give presentations, participate in clinical field visits where appropriate, and propose suitable investigations and treatments options for patients seen during field visits.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10
Fieldwork 4
Guided independent study 86
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Written assignment including essay 25

Other information on summative assessment:

This module is assessed through coursework (25%) and a final exam (75%).

The 1.5-hour Summer Exam will require students to answer 1 essay question on topics covered in the module.

Coursework will comprise of a written case report and an oral presentation of the same material.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    1.5 hour written exam

    Requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination in August / September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 4 October 2017

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