PSY40020 Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuropsychology

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module will introduce the student to the principles and methods of Cognitive Neuropsychology. The methodological and conceptual basis of cognitive neuropsychology are considered and the course emphasises both a clinical and an experimental approach to the study of brain-behavioural relationships.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students will have acquired the following knowledge:1) Understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the Central Nervous System (CNS)2) Understanding of the methods used to investigate the functions of the CNS3) Understanding of the principal ways in which the relationship between neuroscience and human behaviour is studied and will be able to do the following:4) Engage robustly with primary literature on neuropsychology, 5) Critically appraise claims of links between brains and behaviour, and 6) Relate work in neuropsychology to other work within disciplines contributing to cognitive science and relate research in neuropsychology to policy and practice..

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Through online lectures and seminars this module will cover neuropsychological theory and approach the topic from an applied perspective. It will be composed of formal lectures and a problem-based learning approach including focus on case studies and group problem solving/presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students should have a strong background in psychology, or a related discipline.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY40820 - Fundamentals of Neuropsych

Behavioural Neuroscience (PSY30050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Individual critical evaluation of assigned topic area (40%) and related groupwork component (20%) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: 2000 word essay on assigned topic Week 9 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback on mid semester essay within 20 working days through virtual learning environment. Individual component of end of term assignment will receive feedback individually in January and group feedback will be given in class or through on-line groups.

Kolb, B & Whishaw, IQ. (2015) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology
Name Role
Dr Maximilian Friehs Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 11 Mon 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 8, 9 Tues 10:00 - 10:50