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Unit description

Develops knowledge and skills in methods of observation, measurement and psychometric assessment, including the use of formal psychological tests.

Unit content

Introduction and unit overview

  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Historical, cultural and legal/ethical considerations
  • Research in Psychological Assessment
  • Intelligence and its measurement
  • Tests of intelligence
  • A brief stats refresher; reliability and validity
  • Tests and testing
  • Personality assessment overview and methods
  • Clinical and counselling assessments
  • Assessments in the disability sector (functional analysis, adaptive functioning measures, case management, etc...)
  • Preschool and educational assessment; Paediatric testing and assessment
  • Neuropsychology

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate knowledge of types and uses of psychological testsKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate an understanding of societal and ethical issues surrounding psychological testing including factors that may unfairly bias assessment and some potential solutionsKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3understand methods for test construction and scoringKnowledge of a discipline
4understand and apply the statistics used to judge the appropriateness (e.g. culturally, developmentally) and psychometric properties of tests (e.g. explain, analyse and report reliability and validity coefficients)Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
5describe a number of common psychological tests of ability, personality and clinical diagnosisKnowledge of a discipline
6understand major issues regarding selection, administration, and scoring of tests, and interpreting and reporting assessment resultsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
7write a clear, concise description of test and interview resultsKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of types and uses of psychological tests
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of societal and ethical issues surrounding psychological testing including factors that may unfairly bias assessment and some potential solutions
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. understand methods for test construction and scoring
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. understand and apply the statistics used to judge the appropriateness (e.g. culturally, developmentally) and psychometric properties of tests (e.g. explain, analyse and report reliability and validity coefficients)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. describe a number of common psychological tests of ability, personality and clinical diagnosis
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. understand major issues regarding selection, administration, and scoring of tests, and interpreting and reporting assessment results
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. write a clear, concise description of test and interview results
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (12 wks )
Tutorial on-site 1 hr (8 wks )
Assessment
Online Testing Exercise & Reflective Essay30%
Essay40%
Exam: closed book30%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2hrs (12wks)
Tutorial on-site 1hr (8wks)
Assessment
Online Testing Exercise & Reflective Essay30%
Essay40%
Exam: closed book30%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial online 1 hr (8 wks)
Assessment
Online Testing Exercise & Reflective Essay30%
Essay40%
Exam: closed book30%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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