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PSYC6116 Neuropsychology

Module Overview

Clinical neuropsychology addresses the link between brain and behaviour. Neuropsychological assessments provide a scientific way of quantifying and describing the cognitive, behavioural and emotional sequelae of changes in brain function caused by damage or disease. This module introduces you to neuroanatomy, neuropsychological assessment, and neuropsychological rehabilitation.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • describe key brain structures and their functions
  • define and describe clinical signs of common neurological conditions
  • define which neuropsychological tests to use for different conditions and demonstrate competence in the use of neuropsychological tests
  • interpret the results of psychological assessment and use these to recommend appropriate interventions
  • demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical issues relevant to the neuropsychologists role.


The curriculum for this module will comprise the following: • Basic neuroanatomy • An introduction to neuropsychological functions • The presentation of commonly encountered neuropsychological conditions. • Developmental changes that affect brain structure and function (e.g. ageing) • Principles and practice of neuropsychological assessment • Neurorehabilitation; including consideration of the emotional impact of neuropsychological disability. The syllabus will address the British Psychological Society (2014) competencies for Clinical Psychologists, particularly 2.2.1 they will be able to draw on knowledge of....neuropsychological processes across the lifespan 2.2.2 demonstrate competence in performance based psychometric measures 2.24 understand therapeutic techniques applied to those with cognitive and neuropsychological presentations 2.2. understand ethical issues and apply these to complex cases The syllabus was designed in collaboration with NHS neuropsychologists in order to ensure that it reflects current NHS good practice.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will include lectures, workshops and practical exercises. A key part of this module will be development of competence in administering neuropsychological tests

Independent Study60
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Nadina b, Lincoln, Ian I. Kneebone, Jamie A.B. Macniven, Reg C. Morris (2011). Psychological management of stroke. 

Muriel Lezak, Diane B. Howieson, Erin D, Bigler and Daniel Tranel (2012). Neuropsychological Assessment. 

Laura h. Goldstein 7 Jane E. McNeil (eds) (2012). Clinical Neuropsychology: A practical gudie to assessment and management for clinicians.. 



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Administration of the WAIS 50%
Analysis and report  (2.5 hours) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

There are no costs beyond the normal costs of your own stationery and resources. Key texts should be available from the library.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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