Neuropsychology Placement 2B

Subject PSYC90080 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 18.75
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: 360 external placement hours (the equivalent of 48 full placement days, where each day is 7.5 hours in duration) and 2 hours of case conference per week for 24 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 24 weeks total


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC accredited 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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Dr Angie Jackman


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

An external field placement of 360 hours (48 days, where each day is 7.5 hours) 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 a minimum of 15 hours (2 full 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 supervision 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

Prescribed Texts:


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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