Many people experience cognitive difficulties due to disease, brain damage or the onset of a mental health problem – which can make life extremely challenging. Neuropsychology is a combination of psychology and neuroscience and it offers insights into how impairments can manifest through behaviour and thinking. This course is ideal for those working in psychology, psychotherapy, health and biological sciences, teaching, research or psychiatric nursing.
The Certificate of Neuropsychology is an online program that will develop your understanding of the way a person’s personality, behaviour and thought processes are affected by neurobiological processes, as well as the changes that can occur due to brain damage.
In this professional development course, you will explore the foundations of neuropsychology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity and brain damage.
You will also study the different kinds of dementia; laterality and callosal syndrome; and perception, language and motor and speech disorders.
On completion of this course, you will have an in-depth understanding of the brain and how damage through injury, disease, disorders and congenital conditions can affect its functioning and behaviour.
Unit 1 - Foundations of neuropsychology
What is neuropsychology?
The Information Processing Approach
Studying the human mind
Methods of investigating the brain
Unit 2 - Neurophysiology
Parts of a neuron
Effects of neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters and their effects
Disorders associated with neurotransmitters
Unit 3 - Neuroanatomy
The nervous system
Parts of the central nervous system
The spinal cord
Blood brain barrier
Peripheral nervous system
Autonomic nervous system
Sensory somatic nervous system
How the nervous system works (a summary)
Problems with brain functioning
Injuries to the head
Meningitis and encephalitis
Unit 4 - Laterality and callosal syndromes
Split brain syndrome
Dual brain theory
Unit 5 - Cognition, personality and emotion
Emotion and moods
Brain damage and emotion
Higher level functioning
The Limbic system
Unit 6 - Perception Disorders
Causes of hemispatial neglect
Auditory perceptual disorder
Types of visual agnosia
Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
Unit 7 - Motor Disorders
Motor disorders resulting from traumatic brain injury
Non traumatic and/or genetic paediatric movement disorders
Motor skills disorder
Neural transplants and Parkinson’s Disease
How does gene therapy work
Ethical issues surrounding gene therapy
Unit 8 - Language
Speech and language disorders
Unit 9 - Dementia
Kinds of dementia
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Spotting dementia and other conditions
Unit 10 - Neurodevelopment
Major processes of neurodevelopment
Neuroplasticity and brain damage
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.