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PSYN808 – Developmental Neuropsychology

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Melanie Porter
Contact via melanie.porter@mq.edu.au
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MClinNeuro or DClinNeuro
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit offers an introduction to developmental issues in clinical neuropsychology. There will be a focus on developmental changes in brain structure as well as the development of the major functional systems such as language, memory and executive skills. A range of common developmental and acquired conditions of childhood will be covered and their associated neuropsychological features will be discussed in detail, with an emphasis on the consequences for clinical assessment and management. Clinical case presentations and examples will be used extensively throughout the course.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. In depth knowledge of pre-natal and post-natal brain development that can be applied clinically
  2. In depth knowledge of cognitive development that can be applied clinically
  3. Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  4. In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Essay 1 20% To be advised
Exam 1 20% To be advised
Essay 2 20% To be advised
Exam 2 20% To be advised
Exam 3 20% To be advised

Essay 1

Due: To be advised
Weighting: 20%

Essay of approximately 1,000 words  (max. 1,250 words). Essay topics to be distributed in class.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • In depth knowledge of pre-natal and post-natal brain development that can be applied clinically
  • In depth knowledge of cognitive development that can be applied clinically
  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Exam 1

Due: To be advised
Weighting: 20%

Exam will be closed book - short answers covering lecture topics from previous weeks.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • In depth knowledge of pre-natal and post-natal brain development that can be applied clinically
  • In depth knowledge of cognitive development that can be applied clinically
  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Essay 2

Due: To be advised
Weighting: 20%

Essay of approximately 1,000 words (max. 1,250 words). Topics will be distributed in class.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • In depth knowledge of pre-natal and post-natal brain development that can be applied clinically
  • In depth knowledge of cognitive development that can be applied clinically
  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Exam 2

Due: To be advised
Weighting: 20%

Exam will be closed book - short answers covering lecture topics from previous weeks.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • In depth knowledge of pre-natal and post-natal brain development that can be applied clinically
  • In depth knowledge of cognitive development that can be applied clinically
  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Exam 3

Due: To be advised
Weighting: 20%

Exam will be closed book - short answers covering lecture topics from previous weeks.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • In depth knowledge of pre-natal and post-natal brain development that can be applied clinically
  • In depth knowledge of cognitive development that can be applied clinically
  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Delivery and Resources

Prescribed Unit Materials:

  • Lecture references
  • Lecture handouts available on iLearn
  • Class handouts

 

Recommended Texts:

  • Anderson, V., Northam, E., Hendy, J., & Wrennall, J. (2001). Developmental Neuropsychology: A Clinical Approach. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
  • Yeates, K.O., Ris, M.D., Taylor, H.G., & Pennington, B.F. (2010). Paediatric Neuropsychology: Research, Theory and Practice. NY: The Guilford Press.
  • Baron, I.S. (2004). Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Child. NY: Oxford University Press.

 

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Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

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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

  • In depth knowledge of pre-natal and post-natal brain development that can be applied clinically
  • In depth knowledge of cognitive development that can be applied clinically
  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Assessment tasks

  • Essay 1
  • Exam 1
  • Essay 2
  • Exam 2
  • Exam 3

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

  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Assessment tasks

  • Essay 1
  • Exam 1
  • Essay 2
  • Exam 2
  • Exam 3

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 outcome

  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Assessment tasks

  • Essay 1
  • Exam 1
  • Essay 2
  • Exam 2
  • Exam 3

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 outcome

  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child

Assessment tasks

  • Essay 1
  • Exam 1
  • Essay 2
  • Exam 2
  • Exam 3

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

  • Tools to assist with gaining rapport and managing difficult children so as to obtain a comprehensive and valid assessment of a child
  • In depth understanding of a wide range of developmental and acquired brain disorders that can be applied clinically

Assessment tasks

  • Essay 1
  • Exam 1
  • Essay 2
  • Exam 2
  • Exam 3