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Unit information: Development and Rehabilitation in 2021/22

Unit name Development and Rehabilitation
Unit code PSYCM0027
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Kit Pleydell-Pearce
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the effects of brain damage/disease across the life span. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of biological recovery from brain damage and will experience critical analysis of evidence concerning methods of rehabilitation for acquired neuropsychological disabilities caused by neurological disease/brain damage.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  1. develop competence in clinical practice pertaining to rehabilitation.
  2. develop an understanding of the changing risk factors for various forms of neurological disorder across the human lifespan and how lifespan issues impact upon rehabilitation options.
  3. demonstrate the ability to review and employ published evidence when discussing contemporary rehabilitation techniques. To do this in a way which indicates critical thought, analysis and appraisal, with awareness of the limits of current knowledge.
  4. demonstrate appreciation of the integration of clinical practice, clinical knowledge and basic neuroscience in principles of rehabilitation, and to show how these components become synthesised within an overall perspective.
  5. show critical evaluation of current approaches to rehabilitation using evidence-based argument.

Teaching Information

A series of lectures delivered in a one-week block by clinical subject matter experts (20 hours). This meets strict accreditation requirements for professional programmes conferring the highest UK award for professional training in clinical neuropsychology.

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed via an online open-book assessment which provides 66% of the total unit mark and a 1 hr online exam which provides 34% of the total 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.