The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018
Course code

PSYC3200

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

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).


Availability2018 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2018

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


Content

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 leanring, and to develop professional skills relevant to different workplaces. Students will be encouraged to use the interative activities to relate the scientific content to areas of personal and work experience, and to the fields of employment of psychology graduates.


Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) programs.


Assumed knowledge

Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units including PSYC2300 and PSYC2400, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Professional Report

Presentation: Short Presentations to a Group

Online Learning Activity: Learning Tasks Submitted Online


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

See Course Outline for laboratory schedule

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

See Course Outline for lecture schedule

Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

See Course Outline for online activity schedule