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Neuropsychology Level 3 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology Online Course
Through ADL’s Neuropsychology Online Course you will learn about nervous system control and behaviour
This course provides a different perspective on psychology; with insights into the effects brain damage or neurological disorders has on a person’s behaviour, cognition and emotions.
It is a fascinating study for anyone interested in either psychology or human biology; and a useful course for anyone working in areas related to health or psychology
This level 3 course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).
This course has been accredited by the CMA – The Complimentary Medical Association.
On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a “Fully Qualified Practitioner” and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters “MCMA” after your name. CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.
Watch a 5 minute video from a previous Neuropsychology student at: https://youtu.be/_ojtRLAZJBg
Lesson Structure: Neuropsychology
There are 10 lessons
- Foundations of Neuropsychology
- What is neuropsychology?
- The Information Processing Approach
- Studying the human mind
- Techniques used
- Brain scans
- Animal studies
- Methods of investigating the brain
- Psychological tests
- Stroop test
- Parts of a neuron
- Effects of neurotransmitters
- Neurotransmitters and their effects
- Disorders associated with neurotransmitters
- Glia cells
- Schwann cells
- Nerve impulse
- Synaptic transmission
- Nerve impulse
- Neuromuscular transmission
- The nervous system
- Parts of the central nervous system
- The brain
- The spinal cord
- Spinal nerves
- Blood brain barrier
- Peripheral nervous system
- Autonomic nervous system
- Sensory somatic nervous system
- Spinal nerves
- Cranial nerves
- How the nervous system works (a summary)
- Problems with brain functioning
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain tumours
- Injuries to the head
- Mental illness
- Meningitis and encephalitis
- Laterality and Callosal Syndromes
- Brain lateralisation
- Left handedness
- Cognitive neuropsychology
- Callosal syndrome
- Complete severance
- Split brain
- Complete severance
- Split brain syndrome
- Dual brain theory
- Cognition, Personality and Emotion
- Brain damage
- Emotion and moods
- Phineas Gage
- Brain damage and emotion
- Frontal lobe
- Higher level functioning
- The Limbic system
- Emotions research
- Perception Disorders
- Hemispatial neglect
- Causes of hemispatial neglect
- Auditory perceptual disorder
- Visual agnosia
- Types of visual agnosia
- Optic aphasia
- Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder
- Motor Disorders
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Motor disorders resulting from traumatic brain injury
- Non traumatic and/or genetic paediatric movement disorders
- Cerebral palsy
- Motor conditions
- Gerstmann’s Syndrome
- Motor skills disorder
- Motion dyspraxia
- Neural transplants and Parkinson’s Disease
- Gene therapy
- How does gene therapy work
- Ethical issues surrounding gene therapy
- Broca’s area
- Wernicke’s area
- Speech and language disorders
- Neurogenic stuttering
- Troyer syndrome
- Speech disorders
- Kinds of dementia
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Vascular Dementia
- Multi-infarct Dementia
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Pick’s Disease
- Dementia with Lewy Bodies
- Huntingdon’s Disease
- Spotting dementia and other conditions
- Major processes of neurodevelopment
- Asperger Syndrome
- Neuroplasticity and brain damage
Each lesson requires the completion of an assignment which is submitted to the academy, marked by the academy’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Neuropsychology BPS306
- To describe the relevance of neuropsychology to managing psychological disorders.
- To explain the physiology of the nervous system.
- To describe the anatomy of the nervous system.
- To describe how conditions within the brain affect the way in which a person is physically capable or incapable of performing a variety of different tasks.
- To explain how various aspects of a person’s thought processes may vary according to that person’s neurobiology.
- To describe a variety of perceptual disorders.
- To explain a variety of motor disorders.
- To explain the neuropsychology of language.
- To differentiate between different dementias.
- To explain aspects of development in neuropsychological terms.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Learn about the development of Neuropsychology and techniques used in human neuropsychological studies;
- Describe the Neuroanatomy of:
- Cerebellum and cerebral cortex
- Organisation of the cerebral cortex
- Cranial nerves , brain covering, ventricular system, arteries
- Brain malfunction
- Visual system
- Other systems;
- Determine why there is laterality;
- Discuss callosal syndrome;
- Discuss and compare theories of frontal lobe function;
- Contrast normal aspects and abnormal aspects of emotion from a neuropsychological perspective;
- Develop a diagnostic table of perceptual disorders;
- Determine how the brain perceives faces;
- Discuss language formation;
- Describe language disorders;
- Develop a table of kind of dementia;
- Learn how recovery of function is affected across age spans.
Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona’s credentials:
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.
Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.
Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.
She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.
Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer’s Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.
Success Story – Inspiration at its Best!
Luis is such an inspiration to us all. He is visually impaired but managed to cope with our online distance learning course. He successfully completed his Neuropsychology course, with the help of a software programme called “Jaws”, a dedicated screen reader.
Extract from an Interview in the Brazilian Newspaper
“O Municipio” 22nd July, 2017, Sao Joao da Boa Vista
“The local physiotherapist Luis Carlos Pistelli has just graduated in Neuropsychology from the ADL – Academy for Distance Learning, based in London, England. (This is a writer’s mistake; ADL is based in Canterbury). Blind from birth, Pistelli attended the distance course for 1 year, via internet, studying handouts in English, including correspondence with his monitor and performing the tests in that language. He is the first Brazilian student – and the only one so far – to be part of the student body of the school. APPROVED!
Tutor Iona Lister has always ranked Pistelli’s results “far above” the average student attendance. She even told me that there were sections of modules that I introduced that she had never seen in 16 years of professional activity.” More…..
Luis is now continuing his studies and is completing a further three modules to achieve An Advanced Certificate in Biopsychology in Biopsychology.
The Spinal Cord
The spinal cord is the continuation of the medulla oblongata, and can be described as a bundle of nerve fibres that carry both sensory and motor impulses to and from the brain. The cord is divided into segments down the length of the spinal column, and it has a covering of axons, making it a highly effective transmitter of impulses. The spinal cord is protected inside the vertebral column, which is made up of 24 separate vertebrae or bone segments. The cord also contains an area which is responsible for many of the reflex actions of the body, which are governed by the peripheral system (see Peripheral system, below).
In the centre of the spinal cord is a canal filled with cerebrospinal fluid, which circulates up and down the spinal cord and into cavities of the brain, bathing the entire surface of the CNS. This fluid moves in a system of cavities called ventricles, and serves several important functions, including:
- It decreases the pressure on the base of brain
- It provides a buffer to protect the brain from blows to the head
- It transports hormones that are released into it to other parts of the brain
- Because it always flows to the blood, it takes potentially harmful substances away from the brain.
Information received by receptors in the body below the head is transmitted to the brain through spinal nerves along the spinal cord. Each spinal nerve is equipped to both receive sensory impulses from sensory nerves and send motor impulses to muscles, and each is connected to a particular part of the body. Each segment of spinal chord gives rise to of spinal nerves which descend in the vertebral canal briefly before merging within intervertebral foramina (spaces where nerves can pass through), after which they exit the vertebral canal to transmit motor impulses to specific parts of the body.
Different kinds of sensory information entering the spinal cord follow different, clearly defined paths to different areas of the somatosensory cortex (where such impulses are received). Most input into the brain is received from the opposite side of the body (contralateral to the receiving brain hemisphere), but some communication also crosses into the other hemisphere via the corpus callosum, allowing for greater integration of information. In the spinal cord, cell bodies and synapses are found in the grey matter, an area of unmyelinated neurons where cell bodies and synapses between sensory and motor neurons occur.
There are three natural curves of the spine which give it its flexibility. These are the cervical curve (neck area), thoracic curve (middle spine), lumbar curve (lower spine), and sacral curve (at base of spine). Spinal nerves in the cervical region exit the vertebral column just above their corresponding vertebra, which those in the other regions exit the column just below their corresponding vertebra. Spinal nerves merge to create plexuses (interconnected nerve fibres). Four plexuses arise from the four regions of the spine: the brachial plexus, the thoracic plexus, the lumbar plexus, and the sacral plexus. These further create combinations that are the peripheral nerves.
Spinal tracts are groups of fibres inside the CNS that carry information up or down the spinal cord, to or from the brain, or from one place within the brain to another. They are part of the spine’s “white matter”, make up of myelinated fibres (not the same as myelination in nerves). This white matter contains tracts that travel to and from the brain, the ascending tracts carrying sensory impulses to the brain, the descending tracts carrying motor impulses from the brain to the body.
The white matter of the spinal cord contains tracts that travel up and down the cord. Many of these tracts travel to and from the brain to provide sensory input to the brain, or bring motor stimuli from the brain to control effectors. Ascending tracts, those which travel toward the brain are sensory, descending tracts are motor.
Ascending tracts include:
- Spinothalamic tracts, which carry pain and temperature sensory information from the spinal cord to the thalamus
- Dorsal columns, tracts which carry touch and pressure information from the spinal cord to the brain
Descending tracts include:
- Corticospinal tracts, which carry motor impulses down from the cerebral cortex to the spinal cord.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,