PYM2CL-Clinical neuropsychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Judith Ellis


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to some of the fundamental constructs in the study of neuropsychology and, in particular, how they relate to some clinical/neuropsychological disorders.


The purpose of this module is to inform students about the current state of knowledge and debates in clinical neuropsychology. Topics covered in this module reflect the research expertise of the School in clinical neuropsychology.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to: • Describe some key theoretical notions in clinical neuropsychology. • Be able to offer a definition of key terms or ideas in the area • Describe important perceptual/cognitive changes (and the underlying changes in the brain) in a range of disorders • Be able to describe and evaluate some recent experimental work in the field of neuropsychology. • Apply their knowledge in the evaluation of psychological research.

Assessment will be by examination

Additional outcomes:
It is anticipated that this module will inform much subsequent work by students on postgraduate courses in psychology.

Outline content:

Disorders of processing, in particular in memory & executive processes, in clinical populations. Examples of possible topics include: Alzheimer’ Disease; Autism Spectrum Disorders and their neurobiology; Dysxecutive disorders.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The seminars will be made up of a mixture of lectures, interactive discussions, group activities and guided reading.

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 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
One two-hour examination, comprising two 1 hour ‘seen’ essay questions: answer two questions from four on the paper. Questions released two weeks in advance of the examination.

Formative assessment methods:

Students will be invited to give presentations and/or contribute to class discussion which will facilitate their learning.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University Policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:


Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Failed examinations may be re-sat in August/September.

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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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