Adult Neuropsychological Disorders

Subject PSYC90032 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 24 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

170 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.

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Prof Michael Saling


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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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.


One assignment in Semester 1 of 1500 words - due mid semester (25%)

One assignment in Semester 2 of 1500 words - due mid semeter (25%)

Written 2 hour examination - end of semester 1 (25%)

Written 2 hour examination - end of semester 2 (25%)

Oral class presentation - early semester 1 (Hurdle requirment)

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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