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Unit information: Evidence Based Neuropsychology in 2021/22

Unit name Evidence Based Neuropsychology
Unit code PSYCM0068
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Moses
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

In this unit, candidates are asked to explore important published papers and engage in critical analysis of scientific research related to aspects of Clinical Neuropsychology. Each critical discussion will be preceded by a peer-delivered presentation which provides a critical summary of a peer-reviewed paper. Students are expected to engage in constructive debate about papers.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. appraise critically the theoretical and applied literature that is relevant to a discrete area of clinical practice.
  2. evaluate and appraise this literature with special focus on consequences for evidence-based practice.
  3. appreciate that evidence should not be taken at face value but should be subjected to detailed scrutiny and assessment. To demonstrate these skills by undertaking a detailed review of a published paper and by contrasting this paper with other sources of evidence.
  4. write and present a clinically focussed presentation of evidence and respond to questions regarding the application to clinical practice. To demonstrate production of independent critical work.
  5. synthesise and integrate information from a variety of peer-reviewed sources and demonstrate the ability to weigh the importance and reliability of different perspectives.

Teaching Information

Students must attend presentations provided by their peers and will be expected to make a significant contribution to discussion. Prior to presentations there will be an online introduction which provides background concerning the aims and assessment principles that underpin this component. Self-directed learning and independent work will be required utilising existing NHS and academic resources providing guidance on evidence-based healthcare.

Assessment Information

Assessed Presentation (30 minutes) in which delivery, content, capacity to provide satisfactory and knowledgeable answers to questions defines the overall mark awarded. This provides 100% of the final unit mark.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.