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DPSY5262 - Case analysis and professional practice in neuropsychology 1

SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Professor Jennie Ponsford


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Students will observe oral case presentations given by experienced clinicians and other students. They will be exposed to a variety of different presentation styles designed to cater for specific audiences and will learn to evaluate case material in an objective and critical manner. They will participate in discussions of clinical issues and recent developments in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology and will be challenged to remain informed about such developments and issues.


The primary aim of this unit is to provide students with an opportunity to observe and participate in oral presentations of case material and other professional issues at the same time as they commence their first clinical placement.
When students have completed the unit they will:

  1. be familiar with the format of oral presentations suitable for a number of different audiences, ranging from the medico-legal forum and other colleagues to lay persons;
  2. participate confidently in case discussions;
  3. be informed about current issues in the field of clinical neuropsychology;
  4. have developed sufficient rapport with staff members to seek assistance when it is required during later years of the course; and
  5. have developed their ability to read and evaluate journal papers relevant to clinical neuropsychology.


Students will be required to participate in class discussions on a regular basis. Each student will also be required to prepare and present one 45 minute oral presentation describing an issue of current interest in Clinical Neuropsychology or a case seen during their practical work.