Advanced Psychopathology and Neuropsychology

Course code PSYC3501Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.
The brain is the basis of behaviour and when there is disruption to the normal functioning of the brain there is disruption to behaviour. This course examines the psychopathological and neuropsychological effects of brain dysfunction. This includes behavioural problems associated with memory, attention, perception, "executive" functions (directing and monitoring behaviour) and mood. The causes of brain dysfunction range over the nature/nurture spectrum and can be developmental, such as genetic disorders and/or acquired, such as brain injury.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe main objectives are to:
1. develop understanding of important aspects of behavioural disruption arising from brain dysfunction
2. develop understanding of the causes of brain dysfunction
3. develop understanding of the relationship between the brain and behaviour
4. develop more sophisticated understanding of normal behaviour as a result of understanding brain dysfunction and its consequences
5. provide a basis for postgraduate study of areas of clinical psychology.
ContentThe course will cover topics in psychopathology and neuropsychology using perspectives from both cognitive neuropsychology and clinical neuropsychology. The emphasis in psychopathology will be on those conditions which have associated cognitive deficits, particularly in the areas of memory, attention, and executive function. The clinical presentation and aetiology (genetic, biological and environmental) of schizophrenia will be addressed and also some issues concerning its diagnosis, assessment and treatment.

In clinical neuropsychology the emphasis will be on acquired brain injury and the cognitive deficits arising from such injury. This section of the course will examine neuropsychological deficits in memory, attention, executive function and mood. Some syndromes such as amnesia, executive dysfunction, unilateral neglect, and visual agnosia will also be addressed. There will also be coverage of the causes of brain injury, and the management of associated cognitive deficits.

Related Courses
PSYC3300, PSYC3400, PSYC3500
Replacing Course(s)PSYC3080
TransitionStudents who have completed PSYC3080 will not be required to complete PSYC3501. Not to count with PSYC3080
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC1010, PSYC1020, STAT2000, PSYC2300, PSYC2400
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne written assignment on Psychopathology and one written assignment on Neuropsychology.
Examination: FormalFinal exam will be based on material from all lectures, labs and readings.
Presentations - ClassA presentation on selected topics in the lab class
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks