PSYC6507

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 Adult Intelligence Scale.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. competently administer a cognitive test such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
  2. design and conduct an assessment of a neuropsychological disorder encountered in childhood
  3. design and conduct an assessment of a neuropsychological disorder encountered in adulthood
  4. communicate the results of a cognitive assessment in the form of a written report
  5. develop appropriate psychological and behavioural interventions based on neuropsychological assessment results
Content

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

Requisites
  • 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 *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours

Callaghan

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 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 must pass this assessment task to gain a pass in this course) 2. 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. Students must pass this assessment task to gain a pass in this course)
Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for PSYC6507
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