Develops knowledge and skills in methods of observation, measurement and psychometric assessment, including the use of formal psychological tests.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate knowledge of types and uses of psychological tests||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||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|3||understand methods for test construction and scoring||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)||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|5||describe a number of common psychological tests of ability, personality and clinical diagnosis||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||understand major issues regarding selection, administration, and scoring of tests, and interpreting and reporting assessment results||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|7||write a clear, concise description of test and interview results.||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
- Cohen, RJ, Swerdlik, M & Sturman, E, 2013, Psychological Testing and Assessment: An Introduction to Tests and Measurement, 8th edn, McGraw Hill. ISBN: 978-0078035302.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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