Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment

10 Units

Introduces students to important aspects of clinical neuropsychology including the assessment of neuropsychological disorders in child, adult and geriatric populations. Neuropsychological assessment covers many areas of expertise and skill including understanding referral questions and neuropsychological disorders, acquiring relevant information about the client's history, choosing appropriate psychological tests, administering tests in the clinical setting, interpreting test results and writing a report summarizing assessment results with conclusions and recommendations. As part of this course students will be required to demonstrate competent administration and scoring of a cognitive test such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Adults.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Be able to competently administer a cognitive test such as the Wechlser Intelligence Scale for Adults.
  2. Have gained elementary experience in designing, conducting and reporting assessments of some typical neuropsychological disorders encountered in childhood such as Specific Learning Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  3. Have gained elementary experience in designing, conducting and reporting assessments of some typical neuropsychological disorders encountered in adulthood such as Traumatic Brain Injury and cerebrovascular accident, and late adulthood such as progressive dementia
  4. Be able to recognize cases which require referral for specialist assessment

Topics to be covered include:

1. Overview of functional neuroanatomy and cognitive models of sensory processes, perception, attention, executive function, verbal/language functions, memory and learning, motor function (praxis/construction) in the child and adult

2. Psychological assessment instruments appropriate for various functional systems; intelligence and attainment assessment instruments

3. Different approaches to neuropsychological assessment in child, adult and geriatric populations (clinical and psychometric approaches)

4. Referral questions (reasons for assessment) and acquisition of relevant history

5. Neuropsychological disorders including:

  • a) childhood developmental disorders such as Specific Learning Disability, Language disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder;
  • b) acquired disorders in childhood and adulthood such as Traumatic Brain Injury, cerebrovascular accident, tumours and degenerative disorders.

6. Selection and administration of cognitive and achievement tests to answer the referral question; issues for assessment in clinical settings such distractibility, fatigue, physical disabilities

7. Interpretation of assessment results and report writing

8. Remediation, rehabilitation and management in child, adult and geriatric populations

  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical & Health Psychology or PhD in Clinical Psychology programs.
Assumed Knowledge Knowledge acquired in a course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society as an appropriate 4 year undergraduate sequence of psychology.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment Adult Cognitive Assessment *
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment Child Cognitive Assessment
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. (Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in administering and scoring a cognitive test such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.)
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for PSYC6507
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