Sydney Professional Certificate

Neurological Electrodiagnosis

Graduates of this Professional Certificate will have specialised knowledge in neurological electrodiagnosis.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Describe the Electroencephalography (EEG) convention, the 10-20 system of electrode placement and different categories of montages and their optimal utilization for identification of normal and abnormal features.
  • Explain engineering principles and filters and effect on the EEG recording
  • Identify and evaluate age related features of the normal EEG and epileptiform and non-epileptiform features of the abnormal EEG.
  • Outline common activation procedures and their effect, benefits and contraindications
  • Discuss common pathologies and seizure disorders and expected features on the EEG
  • Identify how relevant details of patient history, clinical state and EEG findings contribute to an astute and accurate report
  • Explain the physiological, anatomical and pathophysiological basis of electromyography, visual evoked and upper and lower limb somatosensory evoked potential studies
  • Demonstrate the correct setup for performing common upper and lower limb motor and sensory nerve conduction studies
  • Distinguish voluntary and involuntary activity on EMG and explain abnormal features
  • Use results of evoked potential studies to help diagnose optic neuritis and differentiate myelopathy from peripheral neuropathy
  • Distinguish (and grade) median and ulnar neuropathies from other causes of hand and wrist complaints
  • Describe neurophysiological features of demyelination and axonal pathologies
  • Critically evaluate a repetitive nerve stimulation study result and define a positive result.

 
 

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Sydney Professional Certificate in Neurological Electrodiagnosis

Students must complete:
(a) 12 credit points of 5000-level units of study
CLNP5002
Diagnostic Electroencephalography
6    C CLNP5001


Critical Care and Internal Medicine students may request special permission to enrol in this unit of study.
Semester 1
CLNP5003
Clinical Neurophysiology Techniques
6    C CLNP5001
Semester 2

Sydney Professional Certificate in Neurological Electrodiagnosis

Students must complete:
(a) 12 credit points of 5000-level units of study
CLNP5002 Diagnostic Electroencephalography

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Karen Storchenegger Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online learning, discussion forums, 2 day face-to-face workshop (compulsory) Corequisites: CLNP5001 Assessment: Online quizzes (10%); 2x short essays (30%); participation in generation and peer review of assessment items (10%); clinical case discussions (10%); online exam (40%). Students must score a minimum of 50% in the exam to pass the unit of study. Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: Critical Care and Internal Medicine students may request special permission to enrol in this unit of study.
Electroencephalography (EEG) forms the basis of multiple neurophysiological techniques and is a powerful tool in its own right. This unit will introduce the standardised systems and nomenclature for EEG recordings, examine the characteristics of normal recordings and, using a case based approach illustrate the pathological changes associated with intracranial lesions, systemic disease and critical illness. The utility of EEG in the diagnosis of seizure disorders will be examined in detail.
Textbooks
Niedermeyer's Electroencephalography: basic principles, clinical applications, and related fields by Niedermeyer, Ernst; Schmoer, Donald L; Lopes da Silva, F.H 2011 - Sixth Edition; Current Practice of Clinical Electroencephalography by Ebersole, John S; Husain, Aatif M; Nordii, Douglas R 2015- Fourth Edition; Current Practice of Clinical Electroencephalography by Ebersole, John S; Pedley, Timothy A 2003- Third Edition
CLNP5003 Clinical Neurophysiology Techniques

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor James Burrell Session: Semester 2 Classes: Online learning, webinars and/or discussion forums, 1 day face-to-face workshop (compulsory) Corequisites: CLNP5001 Assessment: Quizzes (10%); 2 x short answer questions (20%); clinical case reviews (10%) report writing (10%); participation in the generation and peer review of assessment items (10%); final exam (40%). Students must score a minimum of 50% in the exam to pass the unit of study. Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Clinical neurophysiologists are required to have expertise in a number of different diagnostic and monitoring modalities. This unit will use a case based approach to cover the most commonly used diagnostic techniques (other than EEG) and will focus on nerve conduction studies and sensory evoked potential recordings.
Textbooks
Clinical Neurophysiology, edited by Devon I. Rubin, Jasper R. Daube, 4th Edition; Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders: Clinical-Electrophysiologic Correlations by Preston, David C and Shapiro, Barbara, 3rd Edition.