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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Psychology

PSYC3297: NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF AMNESIA

Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap 45 Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • 60 credits from Level 2 Psychology module

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

  • This module will give students an understanding of what amnesia is, and what neuropsychological studies have taught us about memory processes and the brain regions underlying amnesia

Content

  • This module examines the neuopsychological approach to understanding amnesia and its causes
  • It begins with an introduction to what amnesia and neuropsychology are before critically addressing a number of topic areas
  • These can vary from year to year but are likely to include medial temporal lobe amnesia, the medial temporal lobe memory system model, the extended hippocampal memory system model and the role of acetylcholine
  • The module will also cover related conceptual and historical issues in psychology

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed knowledge of the neuropsychology of amnesia including current theory and evidence
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to review critically and consolidate understanding of a coherent body of psychological knowledge and apply it appropriately
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good IT skills in word processing, data manipulation and data presentation
  • Ability to work independently in scholarship and research within broad guidelines

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Students' acquisition of detailed knowledge will be facilitated by lectures, some small group work, audio-visual materials, discussions and detailed reading lists
  • These modes of teaching provide students with detailed knowledge of the key theories and the skills needed to evaluate different theoretical positions in light of current evidence
  • An assessment of the range, recency and appropriateness of sources will be included in the overall assessment of the exam
  • The use of group discussions / small group work will ensure that students are exposed to a range of different theoretical positions, and encouraged to understand their inter-relations
  • Lectures, discussions and small group work will also give students the opportunity to interpret and evaluate the significance of empirical work
  • The exam assesses students' acquired knowledge of theoretical principles and empirical studies and their ability to organise and synthesise them coherently and critically in written form i
  • The exam will also assess students' written communication skills

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Total 100
Lectures 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Preparation and Reading 80

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Summative Essay 2500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

None


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University



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