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Unit information: Case Study in 2020/21

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Unit name Case Study
Unit code PSYCM0069
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Moses
Open unit status Not open




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


This is a peer-based unit on which all students must select a specific clinical case in order to submit an assessed case report and deliver a presentation of that case. During this unit, you will attend cases delivered by other students as well as your own presentation, and you are expected to make contributions to discussion of other candidates’ cases. Clinicians taking this unit will give a presentation about one of their own patients. Those taking the MSc/Diploma in Applied Neuropsychology will be provided with case details.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. prepare for critical professional viva experiences which they may experience in their later professional life given one component of this unit is assessed via oral presentation.
  2. appreciate the manner in which case presentations should be assessed, examined and presented. In setting this benchmark, we refer students to the British Psychological Society QiCN Candidate Handbook which provides details of case presentation requirements.
  3. synthesise and integrate information from a range of sources in a way that leads to an evidence-based recommendation for treatment and also evaluation of any treatments already administered.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the critical role a good patient history plays in understanding a current neuropsychological condition and an awareness of the biopsychosocial context of any presentation. To evaluate such issues while also focusing on the specific elements of patient presentation.

Teaching details

Students must attend case presentations provided by their peers online 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