PY3NFD-Neuropsychology of frontostriatal disorders

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites: PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Aileen Ho

Email: a.k.ho@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Neuropsychology of Frontostriatal Disorders 


Aims:
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:

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 their ability to present an argument in a poster presentation format. 


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 prepare a written poster.  


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 14 1
Guided independent study 85
       
Total hours by term 99.00 1.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed through coursework (20%) 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 a poster presentation.


Formative assessment methods:

Students have the opportunity to provide the module convenor with up to two essay plans for comment and feedback in preparation for the exam


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 28 September 2018

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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