The aim of this unit is to present the key areas of clinical practice in psychology. This unit provides an overview of human neuropsychology: elements of neuroscience, neuropsychological syndromes, brain development and developmental neuropsychology, brain injury and recovery of function after brain damage. It also provides an overview of the concepts of psychopathology, diagnostic classification and mental health. A study of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia and other psychoses and substance-related disorders will be presented; together with an exploration of the concepts of behaviour disorder and personality disorder.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


APP2013 - Psychology 2A

APP2014 - Psychology 2B

HPP2001 - Developmental Psychology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss conceptual and methodological approaches to human neuropsychology;  
  2. Elucidate knowledge of clinical neuropsychology presentation and methods of inquiry for a selection of child and adult disorders;  
  3. Appraise conceptual and methodological issues in the study of psychopathology;  
  4. Elucidate the basic phenomenology of a selection of psychological disorders and of relevant theoretical perspectives; and  
  5. Critically review and analyse information about clinical aspects of psychology.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Mid-semester test on neuroanatomy (30 minutes) 20%
Review Critical Review of a clinical aspects of psychology topic (2500 words) 30%
Examination End of semester exam (2 hours) 50%

Required reading

Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach 8th edn
Barlow, DH, Durand, VM, & Hofmann, SG 2018
Stamford, CT: Cengage.

Fundamentals of human neuropsychology, 7th edn
Kolb, B & Whishaw, I.Q 2015
New York: Worth Publishers/Macmillan

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

You can choose to study this unit as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to structure your course to include this unit.

Course Study as part of
Bachelor of Arts Psychology - Major

Study a single unit

This unit may be available as a single unit of study.

Find out more about how to apply for single units of study at VU.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.