PSYC5539 Human Neuroanatomy and Neuropsychology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides a foundation in a clinical neuropsychological perspective of functional human neuroanatomy. Attention is also paid to an understanding of some contemporary issues in neuroscience including neural plasticity, memory, ageing and regeneration. Laboratory classes allow both self-paced and supervised examination of the human brain. Examples of the increasingly complex methods for observing and studying the human brain are introduced. Integration from a clinical neuropsychological perspective is facilitated by a critical consideration of neuroanatomical changes and behavioural sequelae of a common neuropsychopathological disorder.
Students are able to (1) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about (a) the neuronal basis of the functioning of the nervous system and an appreciation of contemporary areas of neuroscience like memory, ageing and repair; (b) basic regional topography of the nervous system, its development and blood supply; and (c) relationship between structure and function, illustrated by the major motor and sensory systems and (2) critically integrate this knowledge specific to the clinical neuropsychological assessment of a common neuropsychopathological disorder.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) theory examinations; (2) essay; and (3) laboratory examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Allison Fox
Unit rules
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590)
the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (53390)
ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week (attendance at classes is compulsory)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-P-1B_2019]
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