COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Neuropsychological Assessment
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 420
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives It is aimed to introduce students the basic concepts of neuropsychology; and major structures of the central nervous system and the brain; to inform them about high cognitive functions and related brain structures; and to make them skilled in the practice of the tests that assess these functions and the interpretation of the test scores.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to define the basic principles of neuropsychology;
  • Will be able to discriminate the cognitive impairments which occur in some major disorders.
  • Will be able to list the basic principles and objectives of neuropsychological assessment.
  • Will be able to explain the cognitive domains related to the neuropsychological tests.
  • Will be able to state the ethical and legal considerations in neuropsychological assessment.
  • Will be able to choose a neuropsychological test battery to address a specific cognitive disorder.
  • Will be able to apply some certain neuropsychological tests and interpret their results
Course Description This course includes three essential topics of neuropsychology which are the relationship between the cognitive function and brain structure, characteristic of cognitive impairment in neuropsychiatric disorders and administration of neuropsychological tests and assessment of the results.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Neuropsychology: History and Development Beaumont, J. G. (2008). Introduction to Neuropsychology. The Guilford Press (Chapter 1: The Discipline of Neuropsychology; pp. 3-22). Kolb, B. & Whishaw I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed.). Worth Publishers (Chapter 1: The Development of Neuropsychology; pp. 1-29)
2 The structure and function of the central nervous system; the structure and development of the brain Kolb, B. & Whishaw I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers (Chapter 3: Organization of the Nervous System; pp. 51-82. Schoenberg, M. R. & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer (Chapter 3: Neuroanatomy Primer: Structure and Function of the Human Nervous System; pp. 59-127)
3 Cortical organization Kolb, B. & Whishaw I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers (Chapter 8: Organization of the Sensory Systems; pp. 197-223 & Chapter 9: Organization of the Motor System; pp. 223-245 & Chapter 10: Principles of Neocortical Function; pp. 245-276 & Chapter 11: Cerebral Asymmetry; pp. 276-309)
4 Consciousness, arousal and attention Kolb, B. & Whishaw I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers (Chapter 22: Attention, Mental Images, and Consciousness; pp. 622-655). Strauss, E. & Sherman, E. M. S. & Spreen, O. (2006). A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary. Oxford University Press (Chapter 9: Attention; pp. 546-678). Schoenberg, M. R. & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer (Chapter 6: Attention/Concentration: The Distractible Patient; pp. 149-159)
5 Emotion Kolb, B. & Whishaw I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers (Chapter 20: Emotion; pp. 557-590). Schoenberg, M. R. & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer (Chapter 11: Affect, Emotions and Mood; pp. 249-267)
6 Midterm exam
7 Memory Kolb, B. & Whishaw I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers (Chapter 18: Memory; pp. 487-524). Strauss, E. & Sherman, E. M. S. & Spreen, O. (2006). A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary. Oxford University Press (Chapter 10: Memory; pp. 678-891). Grant, I. & Adams, K. E. (2009). Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. Oxford University Press (Chapter 23: The Neuropsychology of Memory Dysfunction and Its Assessment; pp. 560-597). Schoenberg, M. R. & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer (Chapter 8: Memory and Learning: The Forgetful Patient)
8 Executive functions Schoenberg, M. R. & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer (Chapter 10: Frontal Lobe/Executive Functioning; pp. 219-249). Strauss, E. & Sherman, E. M. S. & Spreen, O. (2006). A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary. Oxford University Press (Chapter 8: Executive Functions; pp. 159-179)
9 Language abilities Kolb, B. & Whishaw, I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers (Chapter 19: The Origins of Language; pp. 524-557). Beaumont, J. G. (2008). Introduction to Neuropsychology. The Guilford Press (Chapter 7: Language; pp. 134-159). Schoenberg, M. R. & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer (Chapter 7: Language Problems and Assessment: The Aphasic Patient)
10 Cognitive profile in neurologic and psychiatric disorders: Schizophrenia&Dementia&Epilepsy Grant, I. & Adams, K. E. (2009). Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. Oxford University Press (Chapter 21: Clinical Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia; pp. 507-523 & Chapter 8: The Neuropsychology of Dementia; pp. 159-199 & Chapter 12: The Neuropsychology of Epilepsy; pp. 267-280). Kolb, B. & Whishaw, I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers (Chapter 27: Psychiatric and Related Disorders; pp. 775-805). Schoenberg, M. R. & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer (Chapter 16: Language Problems and Epilepsy and Seizures; pp. 423-521 & Chapter 14: Dementias and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Adults; pp. 357-405)
11 The principles of neuropsychological assessment Kolb, B. & Whishaw I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th ed). Worth Publishers (Chapter 28: Neuropsychological Assessment; pp. 805-817). Grant, I. & Adams, K. E. (2009). Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. Oxford University Press (Chapter 2: The Analytical Approach to Neuropsychological Assessment; pp. 25-42). Beaumont, J. G. (2008). Introduction to Neuropsychology. The Guilford Press (Chapter 15: Neuropsychological Practice; pp. 317-340). Schoenberg, M. R. & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer (Chapter 31: Psychometric Foundations for the Interpretation of Neuropsychological Test Results; pp. 893-923)
12 Student presentations
13 Student presentations
14 Overview of the course
15 Overview of the course
16 Final exam
Course Notes/Textbooks

Kolb, B., & Whishaw I. Q. (2007). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6. ed.). Worth Publishers.

ISBN: 0716795868.

Beaumont, J. G. (2008). Introduction to Neuropsychology. The Guilford Press.

ISBN: 9781593850685.

Schoenberg, M. R., & Scott, J. G. (2011). The Little Black Book of Neuropsychology A Syndrome-Based Approach. Springer.

ISBN 978-0-387-76978-3.

Strauss, E., Sherman, E. M. S. & Spreen, O. (2006). A Compendium of Neuropsychological Tests: Administration, Norms, and Commentary. Oxford University Press.

ISBN: 978-0195159578.

Grant, I., & Adams, K. E. (2009). Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders. Oxford University Press.

ISBN: 9780195378542.

Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
1
20
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
13
2
26
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
36
Final Exams
1
40
    Total
180

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To have knowledge of basic concepts, theories, approaches (behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, statistical, humanistic, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural), and current applications specific to the field of psychology by using current course materials and instruments.

X
2
To have basic knowledge and skills about the applications in the different subfields of psychology.
X
3

To have basic knowledge about the testing and measurement instruments used in different subfields of psychology and basic level skill that does not require expertise in carrying out applications in different subfields of psychology.

X
4

To make use of other disciplines that may contribute to psychology and have basic knowledge about the contribution of psychology to these disciplines.

X
5

To have cumulative knowledge about the position of psychology as a scientific discipline in Turkey, the conducted research, applications and problems encountered from past to present in the field of psychology.

6

To have the competence to conduct a research individually and/or as a team using the knowledge acquired in the field of psychology, interpret the findings obtained by using scientific problem solving and critical thinking approaches.

7

To have the ability to construct a research hypothesis, create a research design, collect data, analyze it, report it in a scientific writing format, and interpret it by using basic knowledge related to testing and measurement, research methods, and statistics acquired in the field of psychology.

8

To have the competence to share the theoretical and applied knowledge acquired in the field of psychology with the experts and lay people by using the required information and communication technologies in scientific studies and events that benefit the society.

9
To have knowledge of the relevant professional and ethical values ​​in the domains of psychology and respect individual differences and human rights in research and practices related to psychology.
10

To constantly renew herself/himself professionally by following both national and international publications in the field of psychology, the developments in testing and measurement instruments and software programs used in the discipline.

11
To establish written and verbal communication with experts and lay people by using both Turkish and English.
12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest