Postgraduate taught 

Psychological Science (conversion) MSc

Neuropsychological Deficits (PGT Conv) PSYCH5051

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to some major neuropsychological disorders and to outline how an understanding of these deficits can inform our understanding of brain function and enlighten cognitive neuroscience

Timetable

2 hours of lectures for 5 weeks

Requirements of Entry

At least 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

Examination 100%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to some major neuropsychological disorders and to outline how an understanding of these deficits can inform our understanding of brain function and enlighten cognitive neuroscience. Impairments of higher visual functions such as agnosia, optic ataxia and hemispatial neglect shall be presented in detail and their relevance to models of brain function outlined. Students will also become familiar with cognitive neuropsychological tests.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this programme students will be able to:

■ Understand prominent models of brain function and critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of such models

■ Critically evaluate evidence for and against blindsight, optic ataxia

■ Critically assess the different models/level of explanation of the phenomena and outline the symptoms in relation to brain function

■ Reflect critically on the models of vision presented and discuss alternatives

■ Describe the disorder and the changing interpretations over time and evaluate the different interpretations of the syndrome

■ Give presentations based on the previous modules and critically evaluate findings

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.