PY3NFD-Neuropsychology of frontostriatal disorders

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Non-modular pre-requisites: Priority access given to student on BSc Psychology Mental and Physical Health
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Aileen Ho


Summary module description:
Neuropsychology of frontostriatal disorders

The aim of the course is to provide a well-rounded understanding of several key disorders which affect the frontostriatal system, to provide experience of critical evaluation of selected topics in those areas and of current research being undertaken in the department in this area.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student will be able to:
1.Demonstrate extended knowledge and understanding of frontostriatal disorders with critical reference to the literature.
2. Apply their understanding of frontostriatal disorders in working with patients and families.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain experience from participating in evaluative discussions of research and theory in large and small groups. The module additionally provides an opportunity for students to improve either their essay-writing skills or their ability to work as part of a team to present an argument in an oral presentation format.

Outline content:

This module will provide a well-rounded understanding of several key disorders which affect the frontostriatal system. We will focus specifically on three conditions, that is, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome. Areas such as neuropathology, clinical characteristics, behavioural sequelae, management issues, treatment approaches, emerging experimental options, rehabilitation and practical aspects of face-to-face patient work will be covered.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars involve lectures, interactive discussions, and student presentations. During the course of the module, students will either prepare an essay or contribute to a group presentation on a relevant topic.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study 85
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 (20%) and a final exam (80%).
The 1.5-hour Summer Exam will require students to answer 1 essay question on topics covered in the module.
Coursework will comprise a poster presentation.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be provided with feedback on their coursework essay by seminar tutors or on the content of their presentation by seminar tutors and peers. This feedback will help students prepare for the final exam.

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 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 4 September 2017

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