Neuropsychology Placement 2A

Subject PSYC90079 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 18.75
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: 48 placement days over the year and 2 hour case conference per week for 24 weeks
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Angie Jackman


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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Subject Overview:

A 48 day external field placement concentrating on neuropsychological services in adult neurology/neurosurgery and adult psychiatry. 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, and 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 2A. Students are also required to attend 3 clinical workshops (18 hours in total) designed to enhance the development of practical professional-level skills.

Learning Outcomes:

Students are given the opportunity to develop familiarity with a range of neuropsychological presentations encountered in adult neurology and psychiatry. 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, and case formulation, and to build up a knowledge base of the neurological and psychiatric conditions they encounter. They are also expected to become familiar with the relationship and interaction between neuropsychological and neurological/neuropsychiatric diagnosis and management.


Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 2A is assessed as "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory".

A "satisfactory" assessment depends on fulfilment of all of the following:

  1. 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;
  2. 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) Attendance and satisfactory completion of 3 workshops on general clinical skills;
  3. Completion of a case book according to the guidelines of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists of the Australian Psychological Society; and
  4. Students must provide evidence that log books are checked and endorsed every 30 hours of placement or fortnightly, whichever occurs first.
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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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