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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC5905M Current Themes in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Richard Cook

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or a discipline containing a substantial amount of psychology and research methods training.


PSYC5910MThe Psychology of Ageing and Dementia
PSYC5911MTypical and Disordered Development

This module is mutually exclusive with

PSYC5906MHealth Behaviour Change: Theories, Methods and Interventions
PSYC5907MTheory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition
PSYC5912MPsychology of Patient Safety

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary



By the end of this course students should be able to:
• Critically appraise the aetiological features of key neuropsychological disorders
• Evaluate and appreciate the various methods used to examine the neuropsychological deficits
• Critically evaluate the role of neuropsychological data in shaping theoretical models of normal processing
• Be able to communicate, to a variety of audiences, sound knowledge of the current issues in this field
• Offer a critical opinion of the relationship between neural structures and cognitive models

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students should be able to:
• Describe and evaluate a range of neuropsychological disorders, including their neural aetiology, cognitive profiles, and key theoretical explanations proposed.
• Discuss and evaluate approaches to the support and/or rehabilitation of different patient groups
• Consider how research can be connected to application with different special populations

Skills outcomes


This module examines the study of neuropsychological disorders. A range of impairments will be considered from empirical, clinical, and applied perspectives, examining the cognitive and neural basis in each case, and considering methods of assessment, intervention and rehabilitation.

The module will cover current topics among the following:
Aphasia and other language disorders; Dementia; Impairments in perception and action; Frontal lobe damage and cognitive control; Degenerative diseases of the CNS (e.g. Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis); Amnesia; Affective disorders; Traumatic Brain Injury; Temporal lobe epilepsy; Mental disorders

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will have 178 private study hours. We envisage that this time will be spent thus:

Reading for each lecture: 11 x 6 hours 66 hours
Preparing in-class presentation 20 hours
Preparing and writing research protocol 40 hours
Revision and exam practice 30 hours
For the remaining 22 hours we anticipate that students will use electronic materials, participate in e-learning, and on-line discussion.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored primarily through their role in student-led presentations (approx. 40 mins in duration) which will feature in the second half of the majority of sessions. Each student will be expected to make substantial individual contributions to this group presentation in terms of preparation, content, and delivery. Verbal feedback will be provided by the teaching staff member for that session. Progress will also be monitored through their contributions to in-group discussions (which may be made both in class and through the online discussion board).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayDevelopment of Protocol (1500 words)60.00
PresentationGroup Presentation (oral)10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

Each group will get two weeks preparation for the presentations which will be set in weeks 1-7 and due in week 3-9

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 18/10/2023


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