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BACH5321: Introduction to Neuropsychology for Practice

Semester 1, 2024 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit provides students with an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives, concepts and vocabulary of psychology. Psychology is concerned with the science of human behaviour - how individuals perceive, think about, and behave in the world. It is concerned with identifying how internal determinants (characteristics unique to the person, and part of physical or psychological make-up) and external determinants (physical environment and social context) impact upon the individual. It is also concerned with the way in which people change over time, as well as explaining and predicting what they might do at any one time. The unit aims to position psychology as an essential ingredient in understanding health behaviour. This unit is only available to students who have no undergraduate studies in psychology.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BACH5321
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Erin Fearn Smith,
Lecturer(s) Erin Fearn Smith,
Anne Cusick,
Tutor(s) Erin Fearn Smith,
Anne Cusick,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Case presentation
Recorded presentation and written summary based on clinical case studies
35% Formal exam period
Due date: 03 Jun 2024 at 23:59
See Canvas for details
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
Small test Quizzes
25% Multiple weeks 5x quizzes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Psychological principles through the lifespan
Extended response
40% Week 09
Due date: 28 Apr 2024 at 23:59
1200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO2

Assessment summary


  • Quizzes: Scientific approaches and methodologies used to understand human behaviour. Assessment of knowledge regarding different but complementary approaches and methodologies used in psychology and neuroscience to understand human behaviour. 
  • Extended response: Psychological principles through the lifespan. Demonstrate understanding of psychological constructs and mental processes describing and explaining human behaviour: perception and sensation, memory, consciousness, emotion, motivation, cognition, & learning.
  • Recorded verbal presentation and written summary: Based on clinical case studies. Apply knowledge from neuroscience and psychology to answer practice questions relating to diagnosis, etiology and prognosis in health.  

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

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Support for students

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Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 The discipline of psychology - history, methods and constructs Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Great debates; Ethics in research Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Learning; Sensation and Perception Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Learning in different contexts; Illusions and differences in perception Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 03 Cognition and language; Memory Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Vocabulary; Working memory, and debates in memory Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 04 Personality, motivation and emotion; Social behaviour Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Personality tests; Prejudice, bullying, psychic numbing Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 05 Lifespan Development - Childhood Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Childhood learning; Resilience Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 06 Lifespan development - Adolescence and Adulthood Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Risk-related behaviours in young people and older people Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 07 Stress and Coping; Psychopathology and Psychological Interventions Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Coping styles, carer burden, lived experience Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 08 Neuroanatomy for clinical practice – terms, methods, scope Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Applications of neuroanatomy in clinical practice Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Regional neuroanatomy Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Clinical applications of regional neuroanatomy Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 10 Functional neuroanatomy Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Clinical applications of functional neuroanatomy Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 11 Central nervous system development Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Typical and atypical central nervous system development Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 12 Central nervous system disorders Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Common central nervous system disorders arising from injury and disease Tutorial (1 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 13 Neuroclinical practice across the lifespan Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Neuroclinical practice in rehabilitation Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance requirements: This unit is delivered via e-learning. As per University policy, participation in lectures and tutorials is expected with 90% minimum participation required.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings are available on Canvas

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Delineate the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience as independent, yet complementary approaches to the scientific understanding of human behaviour.
  • LO2. Describe methodical approaches used in psychology and/or neuroscience to understand human behaviour.
  • LO3. Demonstrate understanding of neuroanatomical structures and neuro-physiological processes related to human behaviour.
  • LO4. Apply knowledge to answer practice questions relating to diagnosis, etiology and prognosis in health conditions and neuropsychological approaches to practice in rehabilitation across the lifespan.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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