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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the neurological and behavioural sequelae of various neuropsychological disorders, and highlights traditional and contemporary techniques used to increase understanding of the neural mechanisms contributing to the client's presentation.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the ability to evaluate current neuropsychological research as it applies to both fundamental and contemporary issues relevant to the applied practice of clinical neuropsychology, using written communication; (2) demonstrate knowledge of neurobiology, neuroscience, functional neuroanatomy, neuropathology, neuropsychiatry, and the pathophysiology and epidemiology of neurological and neuropsychological disorders, from an applied clinical neuropsychology framework, with the goal of applying this knowledge to clinical practice, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and disease monitoring; (3) gain a better understanding of the cognitive abilities -- and how these are assessed with neuropsychological assessment instruments -- that are affected by various brain diseases and disturbances. This includes understanding how such factors may differ across individuals from different ethnic/racial/cultural backgrounds; and (4) describe common approaches used to treat neurological and related disorders, and how neuropsychologists may play a role in the delivery, assessment, or monitoring of these treatments or treatment outcomes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) Attendance; (2) examination; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the Attendance component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cherie Strikwerda-Brown
Unit rules
Enrolment in
01890/54590 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
or 01870/54570 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
and Successful completion of
three Unit(s) PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
and Unit(s) PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
and Unit(s) PSYC5531 Assessment and Intervention—Adult Complex Disorders
Unit(s) PSYC5541 Theories and Disorders
and Unit(s) PSYC5591 Neuropsychopathology
and Unit(s) PSYC5595 Plasticity and Rehabilitation
Contact hours
3 hours per week (attendance at classes is compulsory)
Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.