PSY 420 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Neuropsychological Assessment
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 420
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The main purposes of this course are: (1) To introduce students the basic concepts of neuropsychology; (2) To describe major structures of the central nervous system and the brain; (3) To inform about high cognitive functions and related brain structures; (4) To introduce about the practice of the tests that assess these fuctions and the interpretation of the test scores; (5) To give general information about the major disorders which affect the cognitive functioning; (6) To describe the principles of neuropsychological assessment.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to define the basic principles of neuropsychology;
  • Will be able to learn the basic principles and objectives of neuropsychological assessment;
  • Will be able to explain the cognitive domains related to the neuropsychological tests;
  • Will be able to apply some certain neuropsychological tests and interprete their results;
  • Will be able to explain the cognitive impairments which occur in some major disorders;
  • Will be able to choose a neuropsycholgical test battery to address a specific cognitive disorder;
  • Will be aware of the ethical and legal considerations in neuropsychological assessment.
Course Content This course is formed to give information about three essential topics of neuropsychology: the correlation between the cognitive function and brain structure, administration of neuropsychological assessment and characteristic of cognitive impairment in neuropsychiatric disorders.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Neuropsychology: History and Development. Beaumont, J.G. (2008) Introduction to Neuropsychology. The Guilford Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 1 The Discipline of Neuropsychology). Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 1 The Development of Neuropsychology)
2 The structure and function of the central nervous system; the structure and development of the brain Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 3 Organization of the Nervous System). Schoenberg, M.R. & Scott, J.G. (2011) The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer. (Selected sections: Chapter 3 Neuroanatomy Primer: Structure and Function of the Human Nervous System.)
3 Cortical organization. Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 8 Organization of the Sensory Systems; Chapter 9 Organization of the Motor System; Chapter 10 Principles of Neocortical Function; Chapter 11 Cerebral Asymmetry)
4 Consciousness, arousal and attention. Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 22 Attention, Mental Images, and Consciousness). Strauss, E. & Sherman, E.M.S. & Spreen, O. (2006) A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary. . Oxford University Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 9 Attention). Schoenberg, M.R. & Scott, J.G. (2011) The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer. (Selected sections: Chapter 6 Attention/Concentration: The Distractible Patient)
5 Emotion. Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 20 Emotion). Schoenberg, M.R. & Scott, J.G. (2011) The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer. (Selected sections: Chapter 11 Affect, Emotions and Mood)
6 MIDTERM
7 Memory Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 18 Memory). Strauss, E. & Sherman, E.M.S. & Spreen, O. (2006) A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary. . Oxford University Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 10 Memory). Grant, I. & Adams, K.E. (2009). Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. Oxford University Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 23 The Neuropsychology of Memory Dysfunction and Its Assessment). Schoenberg, M.R. & Scott, J.G. (2011) The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer. (Selected sections: Chapter 8 Memory and Learning: The Forgetful Patient). Strauss, E. & Sherman, E.M.S. & Spreen, O. (2006) A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary. . Oxford University Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 10 Memory)
8 Executive functions. Schoenberg, M.R. & Scott, J.G. (2011) The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer. (Selected sections: Chapter 10 Frontal Lobe/Executive Functioning). Strauss, E. & Sherman, E.M.S. & Spreen, O. (2006) A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary. . Oxford University Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 8 Executive Functions)
9 Language abilities. Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 19 The Origins of Language). Beaumont, J.G. (2008) Introduction to Neuropsychology. The Guilford Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 7 Language) . Schoenberg, M.R. & Scott, J.G. (2011) The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer. (Selected sections: Chapter 7 Language Problems and Assessment: The Aphasic Patient)
10 Cognitive profile in neurologic and psychiatric disorders: Schizophrenia&Dementia&Epilepsy. Grant, I. & Adams, K.E. (2009). Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. Oxford University Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 21 Clinical Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia; Chapter 8 The Neuropsychology of Dementia; Chapter 12 The Neuropsychology of Epilepsy). Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 27 Psychiatric and Related Disorders). Schoenberg, M.R. & Scott, J.G. (2011) The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer. (Selected sections: Chapter 16 Language Problems and Epilepsy and Seizures; Chapter 14 Dementias and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Adults)
11 The principles of neuropsychological assessment. Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 28 Neuropsychological Assessment). Grant, I. & Adams, K.E. (2009). Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. Oxford University Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 2 The Analytical Approach to Neuropsychological Assessment). Beaumont, J.G. (2008) Introduction to Neuropsychology. The Guilford Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 15 Neuropsychological Practice). Schoenberg, M.R. & Scott, J.G. (2011) The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer. (Selected sections: Chapter 31 Psychometric Foundations for the Interpretation of Neuropsychological Test Results)
12 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: The neuropsychology of multiple sclerosis – Neuropsychological aspects of HIV infection – The neurobehavioral correlates of alcholism - Neuropsychological consequences of drug abuse Grant, I. & Adams, K.E. (2009). Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. Oxford University Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 13 The Neuropsychology of Multiple Sclerosis; Chapter 17 Neuropsychological Aspects of HIV Infection; Chapter The Neurobehavioral Correlates of Alcoholism; Chapter 19 Neuropsychological Consequences of Drug Abuse)
13 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: Developmental disorders – The influence of drugs on behaviors – Individual differences: gender&handedness. Kolb, B. & Whishaw I.Q. (2007) Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers. (Selected sections: Chapter 24 Developmental Disorders; Chapter 6 The Influence of Drugs on Behaviors). Beaumont, J.G. (2008) Introduction to Neuropsychology. The Guilford Press. (Selected sections: Chapter 14 Individual Differences: Gender and Handedness)
14 Review of the Semester.
15 SUBMISSION OF HOMEWORKS
16 FINAL

 

Course Textbooks Aforementioned book chapters and power point slides
References Additional reading articles that change every year

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
3
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
30
    Total
150

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest