The aim of this unit is to present the key areas of clinical practice in psychology and the implications of neuropsychological and psychological disorders. This unit provides an overview of human neuropsychology and neuropsychological syndromes, brain injury and recovery of function after brain damage. It also provides an overview of the concepts of psychopathology and diagnostic classification.

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APP2013 - Psychology 2A

APP2014 - Psychology 2B

HPP2001 - Developmental Psychology

Learning Outcomes

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


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Test (20 minutes) 5%
Case Study Psychopathology Case Study (1200 words) 40%
Case Study Neuropsychology Case Study (1200 words) 40%
Test Online Test (60 mins) 15%

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

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