Adult Neuropsychological Disorders

Subject PSYC90032 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks. Estimated Total Time Commitment: 54 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

PSYC00029 Graduate Research Methods

PSYC00030 Psychological Assessment across the Lifespan

PSYC00031 Introduction to Psychopathology

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Prof Michael Saling


Associate Professor Michael Saling
Subject Overview:

This component covers the major neuropsychological disorders that might be encountered in typical professional settings. These include conditions such as: dementia and its subtypes; head trauma; epilepsy; alcohol-related brain damage; cerebrovascular disorders; pseudoneurological syndromes; and neuropyschiatric disorders. Other topics covered might include a discussion of focal and diffuse neuropsychological impairment and location-related disorders such as the aphasia, apraxia , and agnosia.

Objectives: Students will gain a professional-level understanding of the major neuropsychological disorders. This will enable them to appreciate cases that are commonly encountered in most placement settings. Students will acquire the ability to evaluate the extent and significance of brain morbidity, gaining an appreciation of the impact of neuropsychological disorders on the individual and community, and the important consultative role of the neuropsychological professional.

An end-of-semester written examination of 2 hours (75% of assessment.

A mid-semester review of related neuroanatomical concepts of 500 words (25% of assessment)

Prescribed Texts: None. A series of readings will be provided.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Written and interpersonal communication skills

Analytical, information integration and sythesizing skills.

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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