Child Neuropsychological Disorders

Subject PSYC90042 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, 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
Total Time Commitment: 54 hours
Prerequisites: The following are prerequisites:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved 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 Vicki Anderson


Sarah Drew

Subject Overview: This subject covers topics such as the process of central nervous system development, and the impact of cerebral insult on the process of development. Theoretical issues, including recovery of function and cerebral plasticity, are addressed with reference to CNS disorders common to children (such as head injury, epilepsy, cerebral infection, attention deficits, learning disabilities, and the autistic spectrum of disorders). Clinical practice in child neuropsychology is also addressed with reference to topics such as neuropsychological assessment procedures, family interventions, and behavioural management.
Objectives: This subject will encourage students to consider neuropsychological disorders within a biopsychosocial framework, considering the context of nervous system development, cognitive development and the environment.

A 1500 word essay due the last Friday in September (50%).

An end-of-semester open book examination, of 1 hour duration (50%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

Analytical, information integration and synthesizing skills.

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

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