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Unit information: Applied Clinical Neuropsychology and Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment in 2021/22

Unit name Applied Clinical Neuropsychology and Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment
Unit code PSYCM0045
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Kit Pleydell-Pearce
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit covers two areas.

Part A: Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment delivers an understanding of psychometric theory and how psychometric principles influence clinical decision making. Students will be introduced to contemporary test instruments; learn how to interpret and ‘understand’ the results of their assessments in relation to brain damage / disease, and develop the ability to communicate these results.

Part B: Applied Clinical Neuropsychology provides a Neuropsychological understanding of a range of conditions commonly encountered in clinical neuropsychology practice, including traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, epilepsy, stroke and dementia. Students therefore learn how knowledge of neuropsychological theory, functional neuroanatomy and technical approaches to studying the brain are employed within a clinical context.

Intended learning outcomes

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

Part A:

  1. understand both qualitative and quantitative approaches to patient assessment.
  2. understand how results of assessment are employed within a clinical and medical setting, and how cooperation and interaction between different NHS teams is critical for patient treatment and investigation.
  3. understand the principles underlying effective assessment and awareness of the limitations of inferences that can be drawn from test results.
  4. appreciate the complexities associated with neuropsychological assessment and evaluate the consequences of these problems for reliable and meaningful assessment.
  5. synthesise and integrate knowledge and the evidence base in order to demonstrate a holistic, yet detailed, understanding of the principles of assessment.

Part B:

  1. understand a range of common neuropsychological disorders frequently encountered in clinical practice.
  2. understand causes and consequences of these disorders and integrate this knowledge with theories of brain function and principles of diagnosis and treatment.
  3. demonstrate a clear understanding of the evidence-base pertaining to a wide range of common neuropsychological disorders, and a capacity to synthesise and evaluate distinct sources of knowledge (e.g. aetiology, diagnosis and treatment options).

Teaching details

Part A: A series of lectures delivered in a one-week block by clinical subject matter experts (20 hours).

Part B: Weekly lectures provided by clinical subject matter experts (20 hours). This meets strict accreditation requirements for professional programmes conferring the highest UK award for professional training in clinical neuropsychology.

Assessment Details

Part A: An online open-book assessment worth 44% of the final unit mark and an online 1 hr exam worth 22% of the final unit mark.

Part B: 2000-word coursework essay on a topic covered in Part B which provides 34% of total unit mark.


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