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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to the neurological and behavioural sequelae of various neuropsychological disorders with a primarily multifocal/diffuse neuropsychological presentation (e.g. dementias) and highlights traditional and contemporary techniques used to increase understanding of the neural mechanisms contributing to the client's presentation. Current rehabilitative strategies are also reviewed.

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

Students are able to (1) identify and describe empirically-supported neuroanatomical, cognitive neuroscience and other relevant approaches to understanding the aetiology, presentation, course, and other clinical issues relevant to a variety of neuropsychological disorders, including formal diagnostic criteria.; (2) identify and describe the cognitive neuroscience, psychometric and other research relevant to validly interpreting neuropsychological assessments using multiple methodologies in diverse clinical groups, including individuals with complex presentations.; (3) identify and describe cognitive, behavioural, and emotional interventions and supports for a variety of neuropsychological disorders with reference to the empirical literature.; (4) demonstrate how to effectively communicate neuropsychologically relevant findings and recommendations in a manner that can be understood by consumers and other clinicians.; (5) identify common ethical issues relevant to neuropsychological assessment and interventions, including forensic applications.; (6) describe the approaches and contributions of other clinicians in the assessment and treatment of neuropsychological disorders relevant to the practice of a clinical neuropsychologist.; and (7) Be able to describe common pharmacological approaches to treating relevant symptoms and disorders, including potential influences on neurobehavioural presentations..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) examination; and (3) attendance. 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)
Associate Professor Michael Weinborn
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
12 x 3 hours (attendance to 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.
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  • 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.