Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rene Stolwyk


Students will be introduced to the scientist-practitioner model of neuropsychology incorporating the hypothesis testing approach to assessment. Students will be exposed to a number of neuropsychological tests and scales, designed to assess aspects of cognitive functioning. They will learn how to select which tests are most appropriate in specific clinical situations and how to administer, score and interpret each measure. The skills required to document the assessment results will be imparted. Issues in assessing people from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds will also be discussed. On a broader level, students will be taught to be critical consumers of the neuropsychological literature.


The primary aim of this unit is theoretical and practical, being to introduce students to an overarching approach to neuropsychological assessment and case formulation, as well as test selection, administration, scoring and interpretation.On completion of the unit students will:

  1. be familiar with a wide range of neuropsychological measures currently used to evaluate many different aspects of cognitive functioning;
  2. understand the principles involved in evaluating the psychometric properties, validity and reliability of neuropsychological measures;
  3. feel confident in their selection of measure in specific clinical contexts, so as to plan and execute a hypothesis-driven assessment process;
  4. be proficient in the administration and scoring of the measures in accordance with published guidelines;
  5. be able to evaluate the test scores objectively but with sensitivity to factors which may influence their validity in clinical settings;
  6. be able to interpret and document the results of a comprehensive assessment of a number of cognitive skills;
  7. be critical and informed consumers of any new neuropsychological which may be developed in the future.


Take Home excersise 70%
Oral Presentation 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Rene Stolwyk