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Neuropsychology Placement 2A (PSYC90079)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 18.75On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90079
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

A 48 day external field placement concentrating on neuropsychological services in adult neurology/neurosurgery and adult psychiatry. Placement in each setting will extend over 12 weeks. Students will be expected to commit 2 days per week for a total of 24 weeks. Field placement activities include neuropsychological assessment of referred cases, case formulation and diagnosis, development of management strategies where appropriate, attendance at relevant clinical meetings and ward rounds under the supervision of field neuropsychologists who meet the standards of the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council. In addition students are required to attend, and present cases seen on field placement at a weekly case conference in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences over the course of their enrolment in Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 2A. Students are also required to attend 3 clinical workshops (18 hours in total) designed to enhance the development of practical professional-level skills.

Intended learning outcomes


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

  • Expand on their familiarity with the clinical features of neuropsychological disorders, problem-oriented interviewing and communication, formal neuropsychological examination, diagnostic formulation, and case presentation.
  • Understand the rationale, underlying theory and practical considerations associated with Motivational Interviewing;
  • Understand the basic legal, ethical and financial issues associated with establishing a private psychological practice;
  • Understand the theory and practical considerations associated with working with individuals who are grieving.


On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate skills in:

  • Undertaking culturally responsive assessment and diagnosis of neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric disorders using appropriate methodologies, including history taking, mental status examination, neurobehavioural observations, standardised testing, symptom and performance validity measures, and synthesis of information from multiple sources to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues and determine the most appropriate interventions;
  • Demonstrate the ability to consult with and refer to other professionals regarding the neuropsychological implications of neurological and neuropsychiatric symptoms and disorders, including communication of professional opinions in oral and written formats;
  • Implement appropriate, empirically supported, culturally appropriate interventions, and monitor patients’ progress and intervention outcomes.

Application of Knowledge and Skills

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

  • Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures, including as they relate to referral management and record-keeping, across a range of workplace settings and with recognition of different organisational and cultural practices;
  • Work effectively with a range of professionals and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements, demonstrating respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their professional practice (in conjunction with clinical supervisors), identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.

Generic skills

This placement subject is designed to promote an in-depth understanding of specialist practice, to expand the range of ways in which learning occurs; to develop a capacity to work collaboratively, to confront and manage unfamiliar problems, to value different cultures, and to develop a high regard for human rights, ethics and equity.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PSYC90003 Research Proposal
Year Long
PSYC90006 Basic Interventions
Semester 1
PSYC90007 Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
Semester 1
PSYC90029 Graduate Research Methods
Semester 2
PSYC90030 Principles of Psychological Assessment
Semester 1
PSYC90031 Adult Psychopathology
Summer Term
PSYC90032 Adult Neuropsychological Disorders
Year Long
PSYC90082 Clinical Skills in Neuropsychology
Semester 2
PSYC90083 Cognitive Neuroscience and Disorders
Semester 2
PSYC90084 Neuroanatomy for Neuropsychologists
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 2A is assessed as "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory".

A "satisfactory" assessment depends on fulfilment of all of the following:

  1. Performance on placement to the satisfaction of field supervisors and the Convenor of Clinical Neuropsychology, formally evaluated against requirements specified approved by the Professional Programs Committee of the School of Psychological Science, a completed logbook of daily placement activities, and written summaries of all assessments/interventions conducted;
  2. Attendance at a minimum of 80% of university-based case conferences, and presentation of at least 3 cases to the satisfaction of attending teaching staff.(iii) Attendance and satisfactory completion of 3 workshops on general clinical skills;
  3. Completion of a case book according to the guidelines of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists of the Australian Psychological Society; and
  4. Students must provide evidence that log books are checked and endorsed every 30 hours of placement or fortnightly, whichever occurs first.

Dates & times

  • Year Long
    Principal coordinatorAngie Jackman
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours48 placement days over the year and 2 hour case conference per week for 24 weeks
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Year Long contact information


    Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Further information

Last updated: 24 August 2019