PSY40820 Fundamentals of Neuropsych

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will introduce the student to the principles and methods of neuropsychology/cognitive neuroscience. The methodological and conceptual basis of neuropsychology are considered and the course emphasises both a clinical and an experimental approach to the study of brain-behaviour relations.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students will have acquired the following knowledge: 1) Understanding of the basic anatomy / physiology of the Central Nervous System (CNS) 2) Understanding of methods used to investigate the functions of the CNS 3) Understanding of the brain - behaviour relation and will be able to do the following: 4) Engage with literature in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology , 5) Critically appraise claims of links between brains and behaviour, and 6) Relate research in neuropsychology to policy and practice.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will cover neuropsychological theory and research and approach the topic from an applied perspective. It will be composed of formal lectures and a problem-based learning approach including a focus on case studies and group problem solving/presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY30050 - Behavioural Neuroscience, PSY40020 - Neuropsychology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Individual critical
evaluation of
assigned topic area
(40% of 60% or 2/3) and related
component (20% of 60% 1/3)
Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Approx 2000 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
Name Role
Dr Méadhbh Brosnan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 8, 9 Tues 10:00 - 10:50