Adult Neuropsychological Disorders

Subject PSYC90032 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 24 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

108 hours


Enrolment in one of the following Psychology professional training programs, 527CL, 527CN, 080CL, 080CN or MC-PSYCHCS

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.

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:


Prof Michael Saling


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

A year long lecture-based subject focussed on the neuropsychological effects of neurodegeneration, cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, alcohol-related brain damage, psychogenic disorders, multiple sclerosis, brain tumours, and paraneoplastic disorders of the brain. Detailed consideration will be given to issues such as nosology, formal diagnostic criteria, neuropathology and pathogenetic mechanisms, epidemiology, clinical spectrum, psychological co-morbities, and current treatment (where applicable).

Learning Outcomes:

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.


End-of-semester written examinations of 2 hours each (50% of total mark).

One assignment in semester 1 of 1500 words (25% of total mark), or smaller pieces of work of equivalent word length.

One assignment in Semester 2 of 1500 words (25% of total mark), or smaller pieces of work of equivalent work length.

Prescribed Texts:

Schapira, AHV (ed.). Neurology and Clinical Neuroscience. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby, 2007 (General reference).

Specific readings per topic.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Research, through frequent use of library databases.

Analysis and critical thinking, through evaluating the strength of cognate evidence.

Attention to detail, through acquisition of knowledge consistent with professional standards, and differentiation of disorders.

Written communication, through completion of assignments.

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

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

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