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Unit information: Case Study in 2018/19

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Unit name Case Study
Unit code PSYCM0069
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Kit Pleydell-Pearce
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit requires students to give presentations of a specific clinical case indicating symptoms/reasons for referral, assessment of accompanying medical reports, details of neuropsychological tests administered (and why), implications of the test results, inferences and formulations concerning the patient presentation (including differential diagnosis where relevant), consideration of other factors relevant to patient (e.g. socio-economic, family problems, existence of parallel conditions or pre-conditions), suggestions for therapeutic interventions (and their assessment when tried), details of long term follow up, recommendations for treatment and assessment of treatment regimes.

These presentations are to be performed in a manner which is similar to the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) formal viva which is part of the process whereby our students on the Clinical programmes achieve final (accredited) practice rights and status as a full practitioner member of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology. Case presentations are presented in front of peers over a number of sessions and attendance is required throughout.

Students are also required to submit a 3000-word case review which is written in a format that is consistent with Division of Neuropsychology clinical practice portfolio viva requirements.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will prepare for critical professional viva experiences which they may experience in their later professional life. It also helps students to appreciate the manner in which case presentations should be assessed, examined and presented within formal “NHS Style” review format.

Teaching details

Students must attend case presentations provided by their peers and will be expected to make a significant contribution to discussion. Prior to case presentations there will be an introduction which provides background concerning the aims and assessment principles that underpin this component.

Assessment Details

30 minute case presentation which is assessed in viva style format on a pass/fail basis.

A 3000 word case report must then be submitted (which expands upon the presentation delivered by the student). The case report delivers 100% of the total unit mark.

Reading and References




  • Drozdick, L. W., Holdnack, J. A. & Hilsabeck, R. C. (2011) Essentials of WMS-IV Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment). John Wiley and Sons.
  • Lichtenberger, E. O., Kaufman, A. S. & Kaufman, N. L. (2012) Essentials of WAIS-IV Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment) (2nd ed). John Wiley and Sons. ONLINE ACCESS
  • Lichtenberger, E. O., Mather, N., Kaufman, N. L. & Kaufman, A. S. (2004) Essentials of Assessment Report Writing (Essentials of Psychological Assessment). John Wiley and Sons.
  • McCloskey, G. & Perkins, L. A. (2013) Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment). John Wiley and Sons.
  • Wilson, B., Winegardner, J. & Ashworth, F. (2014) Life after brain injury: survivors’ stories. Psychology Press. ONLINE ACCESS