BEHV 7009 Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101817

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Description This unit provides a comprehensive grounding in contemporary neuropsychological theories, methods and measures, including understanding of neurocognitive disorders. The nature of the cognitive systems involved in attention, memory, language, spatial processing, and executive functions will be reviewed, with discussion of the neuropsychological assessment of each of these systems. The unit also includes coverage of the classification, use and efficacy of common psychopharmacological agents. The unit will stress the importance of neural abnormalities in patients, and how these are related to symptoms and behavioural dysfunction. Working within inter-disciplinary contexts that include psychological, pharmacological and surgical treatments for neuropsychological disorders will also be discussed.

School Psychology

Discipline Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BEHV 7003

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 1205 - Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychology


Students must be enrolled in 1546 Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) or 1812 Master of Clinical Psychology or 8108 Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Draw from appropriate theory to analyse the neuropsychology of neurocognitive disorders (APAC GA: 3.2, 3.5, 4.2.1i, ii &iii, & 4.2.2i) ).
  2. Demonstrate evidence-based practice skills in neuropsychological assessment and treatment formulation, including in the context of inter-disciplinary interventions (APAC GA: 3.5, 3.6, 4.2.2ii, 4.2.2iii, & 4.2.3iii).
  3. Classify and explain the mechanisms of psychoactive drug action (APAC GA: 4.2.1iv).
  4. Characterise and explain the common psychopharmacological treatments (APAC GA: 4.2.1iv).
  5. Demonstrate applied understanding and competency in the delivery of at least one specific neurocognitive assessment measure (APAC GA: 3.4, 3.6, 4.2.2ii & 4.2.2iii).

Subject Content

- Theories, models and methods in neuropsychology.
- Cognitive systems.
- Neuropsychological disorders.
- Memory in clinical Contexts.
- Cognitive Rehabilitation
- Traumatic Brain injury and rehabilitation
- The mechanisms of psychoactive drug action.
- Psychopharmacology for psychological disorders.
- Neuropsychological Screening.
- Neuropsychological Assessment


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practical 40 minutes 40 Y Individual
End of Session Exam 48 hours – administered over vUWS 60 Y Individual

Teaching Periods




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