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PSYN823 – Neuropsychopathology

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Senior Lecturer
Jennifer Batchelor
Senior Lecturer
Sue Meares
Contact via sue.meares@mq.edu.au
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(Admission to MClinNeuro or DClinNeuro) and PSYN840 and PSYN853 and PSYN855
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit involves the teaching of neuropsychological profiles characterising a number of different neurological syndromes including traumatic brain injury, stroke, substance abuse and the various forms of dementia. Assessment is via two assignments, one being a case study of a traumatic brain injured subject and the second a report in which students must demonstrate their understanding of differential diagnosis of the various forms of dementia.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding the neuropathology and neuropsychology of various neurological syndromes
  2. Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  3. Understanding of how different psychological tests contribute to neuropsychological formulations
  4. Case formulation
  5. Report writing for different audiences

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Dementia Report 50% 18/9/17
TBI report. 50% 6/11/17

Dementia Report

Due: 18/9/17
Weighting: 50%

Dementia case formulation, differential diagnosis


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the neuropathology and neuropsychology of various neurological syndromes
  • Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  • Understanding of how different psychological tests contribute to neuropsychological formulations
  • Case formulation
  • Report writing for different audiences

TBI report.

Due: 6/11/17
Weighting: 50%

Case formulation - differential diagnosis


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the neuropathology and neuropsychology of various neurological syndromes
  • Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  • Understanding of how different psychological tests contribute to neuropsychological formulations
  • Case formulation
  • Report writing for different audiences

Delivery and Resources

Lectures 12 x 3 hours

Unit Schedule

Week 1. 31/7/17: Barney Casey: Gerontology, the Ageing Brain, and Cognitive Changes in Ageing (with a particular focus on the Wechsler norms)

Week 2. 7/8/17: Barney Casey: Cortical Dementias I (Alzheimers, Posterior Cortical Atrophy)

Week 3. 14/8/17: Barney Casey: Cortical Dementias II (Fronto-Temperal Dementias, Progressive Aphasias) and Video Case Presentations

Week 4. 21/8/17: Tanya Lye Franklin: Subcortical Dementias I

Week 5. 28/8/17: Tanya Lye Franklin: Subcortical Dementias II

Week 6. 4/9/17: Tanya Lye Franklin: Subcortical Dementias III

Week 7. 11/9/17: Jenny Batchelor: Severe to Extremely Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Week 8. 2/10/17: Labour Day

Week 9. 9/10/17: Sue Meares: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Week 10. 16/10/17: Jenny Batchelor: Substance Abuse

Week 11. 23/10/17: Jenny Batchelor: Epilepsy

Week 12: 30/10/17: Cerebrovascular Disorders

Week 13: 6/11/17: Differential Diagnosis

 

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the neuropathology and neuropsychology of various neurological syndromes
  • Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  • Understanding of how different psychological tests contribute to neuropsychological formulations
  • Case formulation
  • Report writing for different audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Dementia Report
  • TBI report.

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the neuropathology and neuropsychology of various neurological syndromes
  • Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  • Understanding of how different psychological tests contribute to neuropsychological formulations
  • Case formulation
  • Report writing for different audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Dementia Report
  • TBI report.

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the neuropathology and neuropsychology of various neurological syndromes
  • Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  • Understanding of how different psychological tests contribute to neuropsychological formulations
  • Case formulation
  • Report writing for different audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Dementia Report
  • TBI report.

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  • Case formulation
  • Report writing for different audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Dementia Report
  • TBI report.

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  • Understanding of how different psychological tests contribute to neuropsychological formulations
  • Case formulation
  • Report writing for different audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Dementia Report
  • TBI report.

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding how to conduct sophisticated differential diagnosis
  • Understanding of how different psychological tests contribute to neuropsychological formulations
  • Case formulation
  • Report writing for different audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Dementia Report
  • TBI report.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
29/07/2017 Assessment tasks revised