PSYG09007 2022 Neurophysiology I

General Details

Full Title
Neurophysiology I
Transcript Title
Neurophysiology I
N/A %
Subject Area
PSYG - Physiology Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Maura Connel, Aimee Byrne, Paul Nolan
Programme Membership
SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology

This module will cover the fundamental knowledge required within Clinical Neurophysiology practice for the provision of neurodiagnostic tests; to include physiological, technical, anatomical, and pharmacological knowledge to be applied. A knowledge of the instrumentation, practices and methodologies used will be developed. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Compile a comprehensive patient history report and apply guidelines, indications, contraindications, and limitations for testing in a patient centred approach, modifying as appropriate 


Appraise basic neurophysiology conditions and critically evaluate a range of equipment and techniques appropriate to investigate the presenting condition explaining the indications, contraindications, limitations, and potential complications of specific techniques demonstrating an understanding of relevant/potential treatment pathways. 


Determine appropriate calibration methods and demonstrate operational techniques for the use of specialised equipment in neurophysiology investigations.


Assess conceptual and applied specialized knowledge and skills of neurophysiological measurements in the evaluation of a patient's condition 


Explain how medications used in the treatment of neurophysiological disorders, and state of consciousness, can affect neurophysiological investigations. 


Ascertain how to carry out, accurately report and interpret diagnostic tests in neurophysiology safely and in alignment with guidelines, applying reference values accurately. 


Display a professional commitment to reflective practice and revises judgements and behaviour considering reflection. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module takes a blended learning approach. 

Online lectures will expose students to relevant theory. 

Lectures will be supported by online tutorials from recognised experts to guide students using a case study approach, facilitating discussion, problem-based learning and interpretation of data. 

Experiential learning through hospital-based placement will be guided by specialists synthesising student learning.  An observational competency-based assessment method will be used frequently across this module as a means of formative learning through feedback. 

Leaners will be encouraged to commit to reflective practice and revise judgements and behaviour considering reflection. 

Students will be directed to supports provided on the University eLearning platform including discussion forums, articles, websites, eLearning activities and recommended reading. 

A formal agreement will be made with hospital sites as regards a quantum of protected time for the delivery of clinical education during placement hours to progressing scaffolded learning. 


This module pre-curses Neurophysiology II Module. 

The student must be in attendance & log a minimum of 300 hours on their ‘minor’ hospital-based placement in Neurophysiology. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module contains 'must pass' assessments (final exam and final clinical competency assessment). The minimum ‘pass’ mark for this module overall is 50%, in addition to meeting the minimum attendance requirement. 

The student will be assessed on their ability to competently carry out clinical tests within this specialist area, as outlined in the indicative syllabus above and Clinical Training Manuals.  

Observational competency-based assessment methods will be used frequently across this module as a means of continuous assessment and preparing students for a final competency assessment.   

The students are required to submit an anonymised written case study which is summarised in an oral presentation. 

Learners will also maintain a reflective log throughout their placement. 

The final written exam will assess students' knowledge to practice through exam questions requiring application of theoretical concepts to practice examples or sample measurement data.

Repeat Assessments

A ‘Pass’ overall in this module is a pre-requisite to undertaking Placement 4 (major Placement). 

Where a student fails placement, they must repeat that placement. 

Where a student fails an element of placement, that component(s) must be repeated. 

Where the theory exam is failed, the student should resit that exam at the next repeat sitting. 

Module Dependencies

PSYG09012 202200 Professional Practice I

Indicative Syllabus


  • Neurophysiology  

  • Electroencephalography (EEG) 

  • Paediatric EEG 

  • Evoked Potentials 

  • Epilepsy and other neurophysiological conditions of interest 

  • Diagnostic tests – interpretation, indications, contraindications, and limitations of testing  

  • Principles and activation procedures relevant to testing 

  • Sleep and EEG 

Indicative Practicals: 

  • Perform and assess a routine EEG while on clinical placement (emphasis on head measurement and electrode application). 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Case Study Report & Presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 15 % End of Term 1,2,4,5,6
2 Reflective Log Continuous Assessment Assessment 5 % OnGoing 7
3 ONGOING Clinical Competency Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
4 FINAL Clinical Competency Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Neurophysiology I Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 2,3,4,5,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Neurophysiology I 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Online Neurophysiology I 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Online Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
  • Libenson, M., 2008. Practical approach to electroencephalography. London, United Kingdom: Elsevier Health Sciences. 

  • Crossman, A., Neary, D. and Crossman, B., 2018. Neuroanatomy. 6th ed. Elsevier. 

  • Misulis, K. and Head, T., 2003. Essentials of clinical neurophysiology. 3rd ed. Amsterdam: Butterworth-Heinemann. 

Journal Resources
  • Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology 

  • Epilepsia 

Other Resources
Additional Information