Neuroanatomy for Neuropsychologists

Subject PSYC90084 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

78 hours




The following subject is a corequisite:

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 request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards of 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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Subject Overview:

A semester-long subject on human neuroanatomy, with particular emphasis on clinical and radiographic correlation. The content will be delivered through 12 lectures, accompanied by virtual brain dissection.


The primary objective of the subject is to provide a neuroanatomical framework that is relevant to an understanding of basic neurology, clinical neurological examination, and neuropsychological disorders. Neurological, neuropathological, and neuroimaging issues will be considered wherever relevant throughout the subject. Students will come to understand (1) anatomical relations through an appreciation of their developmental origins, (2) the multiple ways in which developmental and acquired brain impairments manifest themselves neuroanatomically, (3) how major anatomical landmarks can be identified on virtual dissection and structural magnetic resonance imaging, (4) the neuroanatomical rationale underpinning the basic neurological examination, and (5) the derivation of neuroanatomical terminology and nomenclature.


Five brief (300 word) assessments over the course of the semester, together accounting for 50% of the total mark, or one written assignment (1,500 words) on a selected neuroanatomical topic, accounting for 50% of the total mark.

Two-hour multiple choice and short answer examination during the June examination period, accounting for 50% of final mark.

Prescribed Texts:

Blumenfeld, H. Neuroanatomy through clinical cases, 2 nd Edition. Sinauer Associates, 2010.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Attention to detail, through observation of complex structures and their spatial relationships

Time management and planning, through organising and integrating multiple demands of the subject

Translational and synthetic thinking, through a study ofrelationships across a variety of instantiations

Learning by multiple converging modalties, through conventional texts, photographic records, interactive virtual technologies

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

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