module specification

PC6069 - Clinical Neuroscience (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Clinical Neuroscience
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   PowerPoint presentation
Coursework 50%   Short answer questions
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module allows students to develop and integrate their knowledge of biological psychology with reference to clinical disorders. The module will consider the neuropharmacological, neurophysiological and neuropsychological aspects of psychiatric and neurological disorders such as addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

Prior learning requirements

PC5052 Biopsychology


Topics such as neuroplasticity, memory, schizophrenia, addiction and developmental disorders will be discussed. Furthermore, the role of neuroscience in ethics, policy and law will be addressed with special reference to new and emerging technologies.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through a variety of teaching and learning methods. A combination of group and individual activities will take place within a framework of lectures, seminars and workshops. Supplementary guided learning via WebLearn and self-managed private study will be provided throughout the module.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate theoretical and the supporting/refuting empirical evidence for a variety of psychiatric, behavioural and neurological disorders
2. Conduct literature reviews and critically evaluate that literature.
3. Explain in a concise format the neuroscience of psychiatric, behavioural and neurological disorders

Assessment strategy

Summative assessment will be via coursework comprising of short answer questions on the topics covered in the module and a PowerPoint presentation of 15 slides (with notes) on a topic of the students’ choice that is within the description of clinical neuroscience. Formative assessment and constructive feedback will be provided in the form of tests delivered in-class tests and WebLearn and a draft one-page slide of the PowerPoint presentationStudents must obtain a minimum aggregate grade of 40% across the summative assessments to pass the module.