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SPE8159 : MSc Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan I: Neuropsychology

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

•       To give an overview of concepts in neuropsychology by focusing on mid-/late-childhood and adolescence/young adulthood.
•       To understand the links between language and broader cognition
•       To understand the relationship between brain and behaviour and how to study that relationship
•       To understand theoretical models of neuropsychology
•       To understand neuropsychological impairments (including traumatic brain injury and attention/memory impairment in young people) of particular relevance to speech and language therapy practice
•       To understand the different types of memory and their impairments and what impact they have on speech/language performance and therapy
•       To understand perception and its impairment and what impact it has on speech and language performance and therapy
In each case, impairments will be considered in relation to their wider impact on the client and the influence of sociological context.


In relation to HCPC Standards of Proficiency, this module addresses aspects of the following standards but is not the only module to do so:
13.10 understand psychology as relevant to lifespan development and change, normal and impaired communication and psychological and social wellbeing
13.11 understand sociology in relation to the practice of speech and language therapy, including its application to educational, health and workplace settings and within multi-cultural contexts
14.16 be able to apply knowledge of communication impairment, linguistics, phonetics, psychology and medical sciences to the identification, assessment and differential diagnosis of a range of communication disorders

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to clinical neuropsychology
Introduction to brain behaviour relationships
Attention and disorders of attention (including introduction to ADHD)
Types of memory and disorders of memory
Object recognition and visual agnosia
Auditory word recognition and word deafness
Cognition and language: modularity, representation and general processing accounts
Autism: implications for our understanding of development
Working with young people with behavioural problems


In relation to the RCSLT curriculum guidance, the module focuses on psychological and social sciences (4.4.2) providing opportunities for students to develop a sound understanding of psychology including theoretical frameworks in psychology, psychological development and change, neuropsychology and applications of psychology as well as social and cultural factors

The module provides opportunities for students to develop key graduate capabilities around the use of the evidence base to support clinical reasoning and practice (4.2.4 A) by applying knowledge of a range of disciplines relevant to speech and language therapy practice.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading137:0037:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00On-line workshop on working with young people with behavioural problems
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00On-line sessions. One hour introductory lecture, one hour autism.
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPE2053Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan II: Neuropsychology
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Initial module talk to orientate students to module content and format. Lecture material and structured learning to introduce and explain theories related to neuropsychology; explain different neuropsychological impairments, their assessments and diagnosis and what impact they might have on speech and language performance and therapy. Module talk to explore issues related to autism. Workshop to support students in applying knowledge acquired in lectures with the support of the specialist lecturer

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1002500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay format encourages the integration of knowledge gained from lectures and private study, and demands the ability to evaluate different theories and approaches.

Reading Lists

Timetable