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Human Neuropsychology

Course Code: PSYC 3315
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between human brain function and behaviour. Students will gain an understanding of the nervous system with a focus on the structure and functional organization of the cerebral cortex. Topics include sensory and motor systems and higher cortical functions such as language and memory. The course also provides students with an introductory understanding of developmental disorders, acquired brain injury and dysfunction and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Course Content

  1. Introduction to Neuropsychology
  2. Neuroanatomy   
  3. Techniques in Neuropsychology
  4. Laterality
  5. Sensorimotor System
  6. Sensation and Perception: Vision
  7. Memory/ Hearing and Language Processing
  8. Emotion
  9. Spatial Ability
  10. Attention and Consciousness
  11. Developmental Disordersli>
  12. Human Brain Damage
  13. Neuropsychological Assessment/ Recovery of Function

Methods of Instruction

The primary methods of instruction will be lecture and seminar. The course will also involve group activities, presentations, audiovisual media and guest lectures.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. Evaluation will be based on course objectives and include some of the following:

1. multiple choice, short answer, or essay exams

2. term paper, research project, or written assignments

3. oral presentation or teaching demonstration

The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme is as follows:

Research paper                                      20%

Three exams at 20% each                       60%

Presentation                                           20%

Total                                                      100%

Learning Outcomes

Students will acquire and be able to demonstrate understanding of:

  1. History of   brain and behavior research.
  2. Structure and function of the nervous and endocrine systems.
  3. Research methods in neuropsychology.
  4. Laterality
  5. Functional organization and systems of the brain, including motor, sensory, attention-consciousness, emotional, spatial, learning and memory, executive and other cognitive functions.
  6. Neurological, neuropsychological and related psychiatric disorders.
  7. Developmental disorders
  8. Disorders associated with aging and dementias.
  9. Acquired brain injury, rehabilitation and recovery
  10. Neuropsychological assessment techniques.

course prerequisites

PSYC 2315

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.

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