Epilepsy - An Introduction

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to current developments in the understanding and treatment of epilepsy and epilepsy-associated behavioural symptoms. The module covers the epidemiology, classification, aetiology, and pathophysiology of epilepsy. It considers the medical, psychological and social consequences of having epilepsy and the varying needs of different demographic groups of patients. The module also focuses on the main psychiatric co-morbidities, as well as the most important behavioural effects of antiepileptic drugs.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology and classification of seizures and epilepsy;
  • Describe the aetiology and pathophysiology of epilepsy;
  • Describe the methods of investigation of seizure activity, including the importance of proper description and observation;
  • Describe the basic principles of treatment of epilepsy;
  • Describe the medical, psychological and social consequences of having epilepsy;
  • Understand that people with epilepsy who are children, elderly or women have different needs;
  • Describe the main psychiatric co-morbidities of epilepsy;
  • Describe the most important behavioural effects of antiepileptic drugs.

10 credits

Module Attendance Required
3 days - block teaching

Module Dates
These module dates are provisional and subject to change
3th-5th March 2020 - 10:00am-16:30pm 

One 1,500 word essay

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

  • Dr Hugh Rickards - Consultant in Neuropsychiatry and Programme Lead
  • Professor Andrea Cavanna - Consultant in Behavioural Neurology and Deputy Programme Lead
  • Most lectures are from visiting consultants, professionals and researchers in the field.

Stand Alone Course

This module can also be taken as a stand-alone course if required. If taken as an individual module you will receive a certificate of attendance for CPD purposes.

Fee if taken as a stand alone course
For information on fees please contact the Programme Administrator. Please note - no masters level credits are available for this module unless taken as part of the MSc, PGDip or PGCert in Clinical Neuropsychiatry programme. 

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course
For information on requirements please contact the Programme Administrator. You are encouraged to get in contact no later than 6 weeks before the start date of the module to ensure we can consider your application.

More information
Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator, +44 (0)121 415 8118, clinicalneuro@contacts.bham.ac.uk


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