This course consists of coursework, placement and a minor research thesis (equivalent to 10,000 words).
Coursework consists of 13 classroom-based subjects taken over the two years of the course (see below) and 125 days of Placement (30 days in the first-year and 95 days in the second-year).
200 credit points
To guide students in the development of an applied research project cognate to their area of professional training, in accordance with the current APAC standard that "the project must be designed so that each student is required to undertake all of the steps involved in conducting an empirical investigation or enquiry". The project can take a number of forms, including an experimental single case study, critical review and meta-analysis, critical review and secondary data analysis, a laboratory-based empirical research study, prospective clinical research, or, in the case of PhD graduates enrolled in the Master of Psychology, an article suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed scientifi...
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|Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 1Core||12.5|
Clinical Neuropsychology Placement 1
This field placement and clinical skills subject, extending over forty-three days, introduces students to clinical neuropsychology services in a variety of settings, which might include adult and paediatric care in neurological, neurosurgical, psychiatric, and rehabilitation settings. It also incorporates clinical skills workshops. All principle field supervisors are registered, and Members (or eligible for Membership) of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.It is a requirement of the Australian Accreditation Council and the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Neuropsychologists complete a minimum of 1000 hours of placement tr...
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|Adult Neuropsychological DisordersCore||12.5|
Adult Neuropsychological Disorders
A year long lecture-based subject focussed on the neuropsychological effects of neurodegeneration, cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, alcohol-related brain damage, psychogenic disorders, multiple sclerosis, brain tumours, and paraneoplastic disorders of the brain. Detailed consideration will be given to issues such as nosology, formal diagnostic criteria, neuropathology and pathogenetic mechanisms, epidemiology, clinical spectrum, psychological co-morbities, and current treatment (where applicable).
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This subject provides a variety of learning experiences including lectures, large group discussions, clinical demonstrations, clinical case material, role-plays, and small workgroup experience. Emphasis is on shared experience and cooperative learning based around the students' shared expertise and the total resources available to the larger group. The focus is on development of knowledge and skills related to basic evidence-based behavioural and cognitive interventions. The component includes work in small groups of 4-5 people within which most of the practical work takes place. At the end of semester students will attend a full-day workshop aimed at providing them with further opportuni...
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|Graduate Research MethodsCore||6.25|
Graduate Research Methods
This subject focuses on research skills for students undertaking professional training in psychology. Emphasis is placed on the skills and methods that will assist students in the development and completion of their research thesis. Topics may include: major design and measurement decisions; survey approaches; sampling issues; practical management of research; the development of research proposals and theses; and data analysis options.
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|Principles of Psychological AssessmentCore||6.25|
Principles of Psychological Assessment
This subject introduces professional coursework students who are studying a clinical or clinical neuropsychology to the principles and practice of psychological and neuropsychological assessment, covering childhood and adulthood. Current trends in the theoretical understanding of personality, psychopathology and cognitive ability will provide the conceptual basis assessment practice. It will be shown that psychological and neuropsychological assessment is best understood to include all aspects of the clinical encounter which lead to diagnostic case formulation. In particular, the subject content will address the application of techniques derived from psychological science to enhance cor...
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|Neuroanatomy for NeuropsychologistsCore||6.25|
Neuroanatomy for Neuropsychologists
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.
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This subject provides an opportunity for didactic and experiential learning in cognitive-behavioural treatment models and techniques. Although the prime focus will be on cognitive-behavioural treatments for adult psychological disorders, attention will be paid to other treatment modalities (eg. pharmacological, psychosocial, etc.) where appropriate. Teaching may be composed of a combination of didactic input, class discussions, practical experience and observations.
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|Introduction to PsychopathologyCore||6.25|
Introduction to Psychopathology
This subject aims to present major approaches to psychological disorders, in which psychopathology is contrasted with "normal" functioning. Reference is made to various theoretical approaches to the aetiologies of disorders/problems, with a focus on recognising the clinical pictures of common psychological disorders/problems that occur in a variety of settings, including, depression, the anxiety disorders, and substance abuse/dependence.
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|Cognitive Neuroscience and DisordersCore||6.25|
Cognitive Neuroscience and Disorders
The subject provides a cognitive neuroscience perspective on the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive processes that are commonly impaired in conditions confronted by neuropsychologists. The course will describe the basic cognitive neuroscience (e.g., cortical structure, function and psychopharmacology) underpinning critical cognitive processes such as memory, executive function and attention, and application to understanding dysfunction of these processes in clinical conditions.
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|Clinical Skills in NeuropsychologyCore||6.25|
Clinical Skills in Neuropsychology
A semester long, lecture and workshop-based subject focussed on (1) advanced issues in neuropsychological testing in professional settings; (2) principles of clinical interaction, including interviewing and history-taking; (3) diagnostic formulation; and (4) report writing. The administration and interpretation of current tests of mood and personality will be considered in detail.
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The student will conduct research under appropriate academic supervision and submit the work in the form of a thesis of at least 6,000 but no more than 10,000 words by 30 October in the final year of enrolment in the subject.
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|Neuropsychology Placement 2ACore||18.75|
Neuropsychology Placement 2A
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 supervison 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 p...
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|Neuropsychology Placement 2BCore||18.75|
Neuropsychology Placement 2B
A 48 day external field placement concentrating on neuropsychological services in two of the following settings: Paediatric neurology/neurosurgery, acquired brain injury rehabilitation units, or geriatrics (including psychogeriatric rehabilitation and cognitive, dementia, and memory services). 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 supervison of field neuropsycho...
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|Ethics and Professional IssuesCore||6.25|
Ethics and Professional Issues
This component is organised around three major areas: theoretical foundations of ethics; ethical problems and the application of ethical principles to practice, and legal and institutional regulations; and codes of practice and guidelines. The exploration, clarification and possible resolution of selected ethical dilemmas commonly faced by psychologists will be covered and may include: psychologist/client relationships (for example, confidentiality, boundary violations, assessment of dangerousness, patient and client rights, professional responsibility, special groups, such as children, employer-psychologist ethical differences); psychologist/institutional relationships (eg. state regula...
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|Mental Health Issues Across the LifespanCore||6.25|
Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan
The objective of this subject is for students to develop an understanding of mental health across different stages of the lifespan, from infancy through to older adulthood. Six seminars will cover infancy, early and middle childhood, and adolescence. These lectures will focus on topics such as the developmental tasks of infancy, childhood and adolescence, the attachment relationship and implications for mental health, commonly presenting difficulties at different developmental stages, and approaches to engagement, assessment and intervention with young people and families at each stage. Six lectures will address topics of clinical relevance to older adults. These include life transitions,...
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Coverage of the rapidly expanding field of neuropsychological rehabilitation is provided in this subject. The curriculum covers topics such as the nature of recovery following focal and diffuse brain injury from a neurological, cognitive and psychosocial viewpoint. Common disorders and their associated cognitive, emotional and social effects will be addressed, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. Approaches to the assessment and management of cognitive and behavioural disorders will be surveyed, with an emphasis on designing and implementing cognitive and behavioural interventions. During the year students may be required to make observations of a patient's recovery, practice how to...
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|Child Neuropsychological DisordersCore||6.25|
Child Neuropsychological Disorders
This subject covers topics such as the process of central nervous system development, and the impact of cerebral insult on the process of development. Theoretical issues, including recovery of function and cerebral plasticity, are addressed with reference to CNS disorders common to children (such as head injury, epilepsy, cerebral infection, attention deficits, learning disabilities, and the autistic spectrum of disorders). Clinical practice in child neuropsychology is also addressed with reference to topics such as neuropsychological assessment procedures, family interventions, and behavioural management.
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