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
Topic 1: Psychological testing and assessment
Topic 2: Historical, cultural and legal/ethical considerations
Topic 3: Research in Psychological Assessment
Topic 4: Intelligence and its measurement
Topic 5: Tests of intelligence
Topic 6: A brief stats refresher; reliability and validity
Topic 7: Tests and testing
Topic 8: Personality assessment overview and methods
Topic 9: Clinical and counselling assessments
Topic 10: Assessments in the disability sector (functional analysis, adaptive functioning measures, case management, etc...)
Topic 11: Preschool and educational assessment; Paediatric testing and assessment
Topic 12: 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Cohen, RJ, Swerdlik, M & Sturman, E, 2013, Psychological Testing and Assessment: An Introduction to Tests and Measurement, 8th edn, McGraw-Hill, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours
Tutorial on-site 1 hour
Tutorial online 2 hours (1 week (Week 4))
Online Testing Exercise & Reflective Essay20%
Report on an interview video20%
Exam: closed book30%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (8 weeks)
Online Testing Exercise & Reflective Essay20%
Report on an interview video20%
Exam: closed book30%

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