PSY30050 Behavioural Neuroscience

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module will introduce the student to the principles and methods of clinical and experimental neuropsychology. The methodological and conceptual basis of neuropsychology are considered and the course emphasises both a functional and an anatomical approach to the study of brain-behaviour relationships. Research on clinical patients with brain injury and brain-related disorders and the experimental study of healthy individuals is discussed. The module concludes with an overview of the practical applications of the field.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Demonstrate detailed knowledge of links between the brain and cognition/behaviour; describe neurobiological and behavioural differences in brain-related disorders/injury ; assess the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological and theoretical approaches to neuropsychology; demonstrate a critical understanding of theory and research in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, and relate research to policy and practice.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module aims to provide a foundation on the topic through online lectures and in-person seminars. A critical grasp of the topic in practice will be obtained through applied approaches including case studies, group work, and other problem-based approaches. The student will consider neuropsychology topics from the perspective of clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and the patient. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students taking this module should have a background in biological psychology or a related discipline.

It is recommended that students should have previously completed a module such as PSY10060 Brain and Behaviour.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY40820 - Fundamentals of Neuropsych

Neuropsychology (PSY40020)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Group presentation/recording Week 10 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Evidence based assignment Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: 1500 word essay on assigned topic Week 9 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback on mid semester essay within 20 working days through virtual learning environment. Individual component of end of term assignment will receive feedback individually in January and group feedback will be given in class or through on-line groups.

Kolb, B & Whishaw, IQ. (2015) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology

Carlson, N.R. (2014). Foundations of Behavioural Neuroscience. London:
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 09:00 - 10:50