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SPE2053 : Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan II: Neuropsychology

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Riches
  • Lecturer: Ms Gillian Cavagan, Dr Laurence White
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       To give an overview of concepts in neuropsychology building on the information presented in Brain & Behaviour across the Lifespan I 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.
- To understand the behavioural traits and needs of children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion143:0043:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Workshop on working with young people with behavioural problems.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPE8159MSc Brain and Behaviour across the Lifespan I: Neuropsychology
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures 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. Workshop is given to support students in applying knowledge acquired in lectures with the support of the specialist lecturer.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100Exam drawing on content of the module, consisting of multi-choice questions and short answers.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An exam is required to test the students' broad knowledge of neuropsychology.

Move online: If there is a need to move online due to COVID, the exam will be delivered online via Canvas.

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