Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Applied neuropsychology seeks to implement our understanding of the links between an individual’s brain and behaviour in order to evaluate 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 and professional contexts. Within each module, students are trained to understand how processes related to that module impact behaviour and can be assessed and optimised in a range of professional environments (e.g. education, human resources, aged care, rehabilitation, management).

This course will be delivered in a blended mode with both online and face-to-face components. Assessments will be designed to increase student engagement and self-directed learning, and to develop professional skills. Students will select a topic within a specific field of employment of psychology graduates. Each student will develop a scenario for an industry-commissioned report, investigate that professional context, identify and interview a professional with experience in that context, and write a professional report for the industry.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify theoretical frameworks and neural underpinnings of executive functions and social cognition that are relevant to a professional context.

2. Select and justify key assessment tools of executive functions and social cognition that are relevant to analysing behaviour in a professional context.

3. Analyse professional issues in the workplace using an applied neuropsychology framework.

4. Interview individuals in a professional context to their understanding of an applied neuropsychology framework.

5. Work effectively alone and collaboratively to organise, complete and integrate all the information required for completing a professional report in a professional context.


  • History and theoretical background of executive functioning and social cognition processes
  • Introduction to psychometric, neuropsychological and neuroscience assessments used to assess the above processes
  • Awareness of the role of brain structures and mechanisms for executive functioning and social cognition in professional and everyday contexts
  • Insight into the mechanisms behind individual differences and/or limitations in human behaviour
  • Insight into cultural differences in the way that executive function and social cognition processes are expressed across different professional contexts, and discussion of cultural sensitivities, especially in the context of Indigenous people.



This course is only available to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science [40099], Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) [40211], Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science [40271], Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) [12362], Bachelor of Science [40165], Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science [40168], Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Science [40170], or the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) [40166].

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

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