NEUR334 Neurobiology of Developmental, Cognitive and Affective Disorders

Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites 96cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Christopher Sharpley (csharpl3@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the neurobiological bases of the major developmental, cognitive and affective disorders, their specific behavioural manifestations (using an absence vs presence model) and the ways that they may be identified and treated. Emphasis will be placed upon students learning how to recognise and discriminate between disorders from a broad-based perspective that incorporates biology, behaviour and environment. Pharmacological, functional and environmental treatment approaches will be considered.

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Neurobiology of Mental Illness

ISBN: 9780199398461
Cherney, D.S. and Nestler, E.J., Oxford University Press 4th ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Describe the neurological bases for one developmental, one cognitive and one affective disorder and apply the absence/presence model to each of those disorders in tabular format. It is mandatory to submit this assessment in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4, 6

Compulsory Assessment 2 25% 2000
Assessment Notes

Five (5) online quizzes. Approximately 400 words each.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2, 5

Compulsory Assessment 3 35% 2000
Assessment Notes

Research review. Evidence-based pharmacological and behavioural treatments for one chosen disorder. It is mandatory to submit this assessment in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4, 6


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of neuroscience with depth in the concepts and ideas underlying developmental, cognitive and affective disorders;
  2. analyse and evaluate information regarding the clinical and behavioural phenotypes of developmental, cognitive and affective disorders;
  3. transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others both verbally and in written formats;
  4. demonstrate well-developed cognitive and technical skills to review research and clinical literature regarding developmental, cognitive and affective disorders;
  5. demonstrate an informed application of knowledge and skills to form autonomous diagnoses of developmental, cognitive and affective disorders from given case material; and
  6. demonstrate self-directed learning in the fields of developmental, cognitive and affective disorders.