Neuropsychology Placement 2B

Subject PSYC90080 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Year Long, 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: 48 placement days over the year and 1.5 hour case conference per week for 24 weeks
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Recommended Background Knowledge:

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

Non Allowed Subjects:


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.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements, Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Ms Sarah Catherine Knight


Sarah Drew

Subject Overview:

A 48 day external field placement concentrating on neuropsychological services in two of the following settings:

  • Paediatric neurology/neurosurgery,
  • acquired brain injury rehabilitation units, or geriatrics (including psychogeriatric rehabilitation and cognitive, dementia, and memory services).

Placement in each setting will extend over 12 weeks. Students will be expected to commit 2 days per week for a total of 24 weeks. Field placement activities include neuropsychological assessment of referred cases, case formulation and diagnosis, development of management strategies where appropriate, attendance at relevant clinical meetings and ward rounds under the supervison of field neuropsychologists who meet the standards of the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council. In addition students are required to attend present cases seen on field placement at a weekly case conference in the School of Psychological Science over the course of their enrolment in Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 2B.


Students are given the opportunity to develop familiarity with a range of neuropsychological presentations encountered in paediatric, rehabilitation, or geriatric services. In the context of placement they begin to function as practitioners, under the close supervison of field neuropsychologists. Students are expected to acquire the skills of history taking, mental status examination, formal neuropsychological assessment, case formulation, and neuropsychological interventions.


Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 2B is assessed as “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” . A “satisfactory” assessment depends on fulfilment of all of the following:

(i) Performance on placement to the satisfaction of field supervisors and the Convenor of Clinical Neuropsychology, formally evaluated against requirements specified approved by the Professional Programs Committee of the School of Psychological Science, a completed logbook of daily placement activities, and written summaries of all assessments/interventions conducted.

(ii) Attendance at a minimum of 80% of university-based case conferences, and presentation of at least 3 cases to the satisfaction of attending teaching staff.

(iii) Completion of a case book according the guidelines of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

This placement subject is designed to promote an in-depth understanding of specialist practice, to expand the range of ways in which learning occurs; to develop a capacity to work collaboratively, to confront and manage unfamiliar problems, to value different cultures, and to develop a high regard for human rights, ethics and equity.

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

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