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Neuroanatomy for Neuropsychologists (PSYC90084)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90084
Semester 1
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A semester-long subject on human neuroanatomy, with particular emphasis on clinical and radiographic correlation. The content will be delivered through 12 lectures, accompanied by virtual brain dissection.

The primary objective of the subject is to provide a neuroanatomical framework that is relevant to an understanding of basic neurology, and clinical neurological examination, and neuropsychological disorders. Neurological, neuropathological, and neuroimaging issues will be considered wherever relevant throughout the subject. Students will come to understand (1) anatomical relations through an appreciation of their developmental origins, (2) the multiple ways in which developmental and acquired brain impairments manifest themselves neuroanatomically, (3) how major anatomical landmarks can be identified on virtual dissection and structural magnetic resonance imaging, (4) the neuroanatomical rationale underpinning the basic neurological examination, and (5) the derivation of neuroanatomical terminology and nomenclature.

Intended learning outcomes


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

·       Describe the macro-organization of the human brain in neurodevelopmental terms;

·       Identify brain structures and understand their relations in terms of neuroanatomical planes and axes

·       Identify clinically important structural landmarks as they appear in different imaging planes and protocols on magnetic resonance imaging of the brain.


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

·       Recognise manifestations of developmental and acquired disorders on structural and functional neuroimaging

·       Interpret brain syndromes in terms of the anatomical organization of affected structures

·       Analyse the etymological derivation of neuroanatomical terminology and nomenclature

Application of Knowledge and Skills

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

  • Appreciate the importance of neuroanatomical knowledge as a basis for practice in clinical neuropsychology.

Generic skills

Attention to detail, through observation of complex structures and their spatial relationships

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

Translational and synthetic thinking, through a study ofrelationships across a variety of instantiations

Learning by multiple converging modalties, through conventional texts, photographic records, interactive virtual technologies

Last updated: 3 April 2019