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Adult Neuropsychological Disorders (PSYC90032)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90032
Year Long
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A year long lecture-based subject focussed on the neuropsychological effects of neurodegeneration, cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, alcohol-related brain damage, psychogenic disorders, multiple sclerosis, brain tumours, and paraneoplastic disorders of the brain. Detailed consideration will be given to issues such as nosology, formal diagnostic criteria, neuropathology and pathogenetic mechanisms, epidemiology, clinical spectrum, psychological co-morbidities, and current treatment​ including pharmacological approaches (where applicable).

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Name, describe, and differentiate between the major neuropsychological disorders in accordance with internationally recognised diagnostic criteria and classifications.
  • Explain the causes of neuropsychological disorders in primary (brain disease) and secondary (environmental and systemic disease) factors.
  • Explain how the distribution of disorders across within populations relates their causation.
  •  Understand psychopharmacology, particularly as it relates to neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric disorders.


On completion of this subject students should demonstrate skills in:

  • Recognise neuropsychological disorders in terms of their history, symptomatology, and behavioural presentation.

Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Apply a knowledge of neuropsychological disorders to cases commonly encountered in placement settings.
  • Understand the impact of neuropsychological disorders on individuals and communities.
  • Recognise when psychopharmacological treatment might be useful in addressing adult neuropsychological disorders.

Generic skills

Research, through frequent use of library databases.

Analysis and critical thinking, through evaluating the strength of cognate evidence.

Attention to detail, through acquisition of knowledge consistent with professional standards, and differentiation of disorders.

Written communication, through completion of assignments.

Time management and planning, through organising and integrating multiple demands of the subject.

Last updated: 24 August 2019