The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with knowledge about the neuropsychology of human behaviour, tests used to assess specific neuropsychological functions and how this information can be applied to assess and maximise performance across a wide range of professional environments. The course consists of two modules: executive functions and social cognition. Each module will provide students with deep theoretical understanding of the topic and highlight issues related to variability of function across the lifespan, disease processes and professional contexts. Within each module, students are trained to understand how processes related to that module impact behaviour, can be assessed and optimised in a range of professional environments (e.g., education, human resources, aged care, rehabilitation, management).

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theoretical background and neural underpinnings of the cognitive processes related to each module

2. Demonstrate familiarity with key assessment tools in the field

3. Relate the scientific content to areas of personal and work experience, and to fields of employment of psychology graduates

4. Apply the skills and knowledge learned in this course to employment as a practising psychologist and other employment areas less directly related to practising psychology

5. Work effectively alone and interactively to analyse, evaluate and design content related to different professional contexts


For each module, content areas include:

- History and theoretical background of the central topic

- Applied psychometric, neuropsychological and neuroscience assessments, including an introduction to tests of general ability and other cognitive functions

- Awareness of the role of brain structures and mechanisms for executive functions and social cognition in professional and everyday contexts

- Insight into the mechanisms behind individual differences and/or limitations in human behaviour

This course will be delivered in a blended mode with both online and/or face-to-face components. Assessments will be designed to increase student engagement and self-directed learning, and to develop professional skills relevant to different workplaces. Students will be encouraged to use the interactive activities to relate the scientific content to areas of personal and work experience, and to the fields of employment of psychology graduates.


This course is only available to students who are active in an APAC accredited undergraduate program [11394, 11698, 12362, 40099], or in the Bachelor of Science [40165] or associated combined program (40170 and 40171).

Assumed knowledge

Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units, at least 40 second year units (including PSYC2300 and PSYC2400), and both PSYC3700 and PSYC3301, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills. This course is intended to be completed in the last semester of this degree.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Professional Report

Professional Task: Interview of a Professional

Online Learning Activity: Learning Tasks Submitted Online

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1

See Course Outline for lecture schedule

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

See Course Outline for online activity schedule


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 1

See Course Outline for laboratory schedule