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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
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details 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. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
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. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
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.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
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.
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.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click 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. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
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
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
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.,