Psychology (PSYC) 451

Human Neuropsychology (Revision 1)

PSYC 451 Course Cover

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science.

Prerequisite: PSYC 402

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Psychology 451: Human Neuropsychology examines the neural substrates of human behaviour, including neuroanatomy, major methods in human brain research, neurological disorders, neurobehavioural disorders, and classic neuropsychological syndromes.


Part I: Background

  • Unit 1: The Development of Neuropsychology
  • Unit 2: Research on the Origins of the Human Brain and Behaviour
  • Unit 3: Nervous System Organization
  • Unit 4: The Structure and Electrical Activity of Neurons
  • Unit 5: Communication Between Neurons
  • Unit 6: The Influence of Drugs and Hormones on Behaviour
  • Unit 7: Imaging the Brain’s Activity

Part II: Cortical Organization

  • Unit 8: Organization of the Sensory Systems
  • Unit 9: Organization of the Motor System
  • Unit 10: Principles of Neurocortical Function
  • Unit 11: Cerebral Asymmetry
  • Unit 12: Variations in Cerebral Asymmetry

Part III: Cortical Functions

  • Unit 13: The Occipital Lobes
  • Unit 14: The Parietal Lobes
  • Unit 15: The Temporal Lobes
  • Unit 16: The Frontal Lobes
  • Unit 17: Cortical Networks and Disconnection Syndromes

Part IV: Higher Functions

  • Unit 18: Learning and Memory
  • Unit 19: Language
  • Unit 20. Emotion and the Social Brain
  • Unit 21: Spatial Behaviour
  • Unit 22: Attention and Consciousness

Part V: Plasticity and Disorders

  • Unit 23: Brain Development and Plasticity
  • Unit 24: Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Unit 25: Plasticity, Recovery, and Rehabilitation of the Adult Brain
  • Unit 26: Neurological Disorders
  • Unit 27: Psychiatric and Related Disorders
  • Unit 28: Neuropsychological Assessment


To receive credit for the course, you must complete all of these evaluation assignments. You must receive a grade of 50 percent or better on the final exam and a composite course grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Five Quizzes (5% each) 25%
Term Paper Outline Pass/Fail
Term Paper 35%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Kolb, B., & Whishaw, I. Q. (2015). Fundamentals of human neuropsychology (7th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.

Other Materials

All other course materials are available online, including a study guide covering the entire course.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 451 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the exam and a composite grade of D (50 percent).

Activity Weighting
Research Paper 40%
Exam 60%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, July 15, 2020