Module Overview

Neurophysiology 1

This module is concerned with the use of Clinical Neurophysiology in relation to patient evaluation and possible

diagnosis. The module comprises of taught academic material and a two month work based placement in an

appropriate Clinical Neurophysiology laboratory.

The aim of this module is to develop a conceptual and applied understanding of the role of neurophysiological

measurement methods in a clinical setting. It aims to develop the key skills required for a student to work in a

department of clinical neurophysiology and conduct some of the basic examination procedures.

Students will also be exposed to and develop their knowledge in relation to advanced methods of clinical

neurophysiological testing.

Also, from this module the aim is that students can integrate their knowledge in auxiliary areas of clinical

practice to their understanding of neurophysiology.

Students should also become aware of those factors which contribute to good patient centred care.

Module Code

PHYS 3825

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Applied neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.

Introduction to basic Clinical Neurophysiological assessments, EEG, Evoked Potentials, Nerve conduction studies.

Routine EEG: Generation and digital recording of activity.

Electrodes: function, placement, types and auxiliary placement.

Equipment: Machine checks, electronic recording controls, artefact.

Data interpretation: Montages, Quantification (amplitude, frequency, distribution), Expected normal /normal

variant and abnormal results, Effect of patient variables.

Provocation techniques: Rationale for use, methods, expected results and contraindications for use

Paediatric EEG: technical considerations, expected normal/normal variant and abnormal results.

Non-routine EEG: technical considerations, expected normal/normal variant and abnormal results.

Lectures and demonstration take place prior to clinical placement. The student will undertake an eight week period of placement in a clinical neurophysiology department thus developing their required practical skills.

During clinical placement tutorials will be delivered by the Clinical Tutor.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50