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Unit information: Clinical Practice Dissertation (distance learning) in 2021/22

Unit name Clinical Practice Dissertation (distance learning)
Unit code PSYCM0083
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Kit Pleydell-Pearce
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of MSc taught content (120 credits).



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

Description including Unit Aims

To develop an understanding of the processes required for assessment and interpretation of patients with neurological damage and/or disease. The process requires analysis of neuropsychological test results (which we will provide) together with details of the patient history, a description of their presenting characteristics, and other relevant details (e.g. presence/absence of injury-related litigation). Students will be required to write 3 x 4000 word case report in BPS QiCN format, see this document.

Skills in presenting and interpreting case studies are already covered on a specific case unit within the taught content (PSYCM0069) and there is substantial coverage of common neuropsychological conditions and principles of patient assessment on our 30-credit point unit, Applied

Neuropsychology and Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment (PSYCM0045). Thus, our students will be ready to undertake this new dissertation unit.

In recognition of gaps in student experiential/clinical knowledge, each student will receive 12 hours of personalised career development/mentoring sessions with clinicians. This will allow experienced clinicians to identify learning requirements and knowledge gaps at a bespoke level. These sessions will also enable clinicians to provide post qualification references which provide an accurate assessment of aptitude for clinical employment within each student’s country.

Additionally, students on this unit will receive instructional training at a group level (whole cohort). This includes: 20 hours of group stats training; 20 hours of group-based cross-cultural training; 30 hours group-based training in the interpretation of neuropsychological tests.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Deeper understanding of 3 specific neuropsychological syndromes (chosen from a larger set of optional disorders that we will provide). An understanding of contemporary scientific understanding of the syndromes coupled with an analysis of three individual cases representing each of the chosen disorders. Total submitted material amounts to 12,000 words (3 x 4000 word submissions).

Teaching Information

This unit is completed 100% via distance learning.

Assessment Information

3 Case Studies (each 4000 words). Each case will deliver 1/3rd of the entire 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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

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.