Developmental Neuropsychology – PSYC 676

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Exploration of the relationship between the brain and behavior across the lifespan. Special emphasis on contemporary research and issues in the field (Crosslisted with MSPS 580).

Prerequisite

PSYC 525

Rationale

This course is designed to familiarize students with the major concepts, theories, methodologies, and empirical findings in neuropsychological research. Students will learn to critically evaluate and apply current research findings in order to solve practical problems of brain, behavior and cognition that can occur throughout the lifespan. Finally, students will learn to integrate basic and applied neuropsychological theory and practice with a Biblical perspective and a Christ-centered approach to professional psychology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Evaluate the major theories and empirical findings in the field of developmental neuropsychology.
    2. Explain the main techniques used in neuropsychological research and clinical assessment.
    3. Examine current research in the field of developmental neuropsychology as it relates to real-world applications.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms responsible for neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders in the context of typical human development.
    5. Discuss a biblical worldview as it relates to critical issues in the development of brain, cognition and behavior.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations (CLO’s A – E)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will post a thread of 350–400 words using course-related knowledge to address the assigned topic as well as post replies of at least 200 words to two other classmates’ threads.(CLO’s A – E)

Comprehensive Literature Review Paper

Throughout the course, the student will complete 4 cumulative writing assignments that are designed to guide him/her in composing a well-developed Comprehensive Literature Review Paper about a specific neuropsychological disorder/disease. The 4 elements of the paper must adhere to current APA formatting guidelines, andare described below. (CLO’s A – E)

Topic Selection Paragraph

The student will write a current APA-formatted paragraph that provides a general idea of the topic that he/she intends to pursue in his/her Comprehensive Literature Review Paper.

Thesis Statement and List of References

The student will write a thesis statement that summarizes the argument that he/she will develop in his/her Comprehensive Literature Review Paper. The student will also create a current APA-formatted References page that contains the bibliographic information for 10–15 potential peer-reviewed, primary sources that provide support for the thesis.

Outline

The student will write an outline of his/her paper in order to provide a detailed, organizational plan for the main and supporting ideas that will be addressed in his/her Comprehensive Literature Review Paper. While there are no specific formatting guidelines for presenting an outline in current APA style, the student will utilize all applicable current APA formatting elements (e.g., title page, running head, page numbers etc.) for this assignment.

Final Paper

The student will write a 6–8-page Comprehensive Literature Review Paper about a specific neuropsychological disorder/disease using empirical research from at least 10 peer-reviewed, primary journal articles. All elements of the final paper must adhere to current APA formatting guidelines.

Neuropsychological Assessment Presentation

The student will create a narrated PowerPoint or Prezi presentation on how to properly conduct a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment. The student must integrate course content, current research and scripture into his/her presentation. The presentation will be graded based on its content, aesthetics, and adherence to current APA formatting guidelines. (CLO’s A – E)

Quizzes (7)

The student will complete 7 open-book/open-notes quizzes comprising 25 multiple-choice questions. Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. The student will have 30 minutes to complete each quiz.. (CLO’s A – D)

Final Exam

The student will complete an open-book/open-notes comprehensive final exam that will cover the Reading and Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–8 and comprise 33 short answer questions.(CLO’s A – E)