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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Develops knowledge and skills in methods of observation, measurement and psychometric assessment, including the use of formal psychological tests. Ethical and cultural factors as they relate to psychological assessment are considered throughout the unit.

Unit content

Introduction and unit overview

  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Historical, cultural, legal and ethical considerations (including the APS Codes of Ethics)
  • 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate knowledge of types and uses of psychological tests
2 demonstrate an understanding of cultural, societal and ethical issues surrounding psychological testing including factors that may unfairly bias assessment and some potential solutions
3 understand methods for test construction and scoring
4 understand the statistics used to judge the appropriateness (e.g. culturally, developmentally) and psychometric properties of tests
5 demonstrate knowledge of a number of common psychological tests of ability, personality and clinical diagnosis
6 understand major issues regarding selection, administration, and scoring of tests, and interpreting and reporting assessment results

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of types and uses of psychological tests
  2. demonstrate an understanding of cultural, societal and ethical issues surrounding psychological testing including factors that may unfairly bias assessment and some potential solutions
  3. understand methods for test construction and scoring
  4. understand the statistics used to judge the appropriateness (e.g. culturally, developmentally) and psychometric properties of tests
  5. demonstrate knowledge of a number of common psychological tests of ability, personality and clinical diagnosis
  6. understand major issues regarding selection, administration, and scoring of tests, and interpreting and reporting assessment results

Prescribed texts

  • Please obtain this text early and advise the unit assessor immediately if you do not have a copy prior to the 1st week of classes as you will quickly fall behind with the required reading.: Cohen, RJ, Swerdlik, M & Sturman, E, 2018, Psychological Testing and Assessment: An Introduction to Tests and Measurement, 9th edn, McGraw Hill. ISBN: 978-1-259-87050-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.