PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

PSY3PAS

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will provide students with the ability to evaluate and interpret information gathered from measures and approaches used in psychological assessment. The subject will be comprised of three themes covering measurement theory, individual differences, and psychological assessment in applied contexts. Lectures in measurement theory will cover classical and modern psychometric approaches to the construction, implementation, and evaluation of psychological measures. Lectures in individual differences will extend on the coverage of cognitive ability, personality, and emotion offered in PSY1EFP and PSY1CFP, with a focus on assessment. Lectures in applied psychological assessment will cover the issues associated with the appraisal of behaviours, thoughts, interests and emotions across clinical, educational, organisational, and forensic contexts. This subject is a capstone subject in a psychology major.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed three of the following subjects [PSY2PRM, PSY2ACH, PSY2DEV, PSY2COG, or PSY2SOC] OR must have approval from the subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY3PYA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Cooperate with team members in order to identify and use appropriate information sources to support a written psychometric evaluation of an assessment tool.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: Students use library resources, search databases, and access journal articles in order to provide information for a team PowerPoint presentation providing a psychometric review of a psychological measure
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

02. Cooperate with team members in order to prepare and orally present an empirically based psychometric evaluation of an assessment tool.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: Students participate in a 10 minute group classroom PowerPoint presentation of a psychometric review of an assessment tool. Group will be assessed on the group presentation (5% of total subject mark)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

03. Independently develop a logical and well-supported written psychometric evaluation of an assessment tool based on empirical evidence.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises Formative and Summative: Students independently review a psychological assessment tool in a 500 word report Formative and Summative: The group presentation provides feedback directly applicable to the 10% individual review Summative: Exam questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

04. Interpret the information gathered during a typical clinical, educational, organisational or forensic assessment.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial class exercises and LMS quizzes Formative and Summative: Score and interpret hypothetical test results presented as part of a fictionalised case study (1500 words) and exam questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

05. Synthesise the information typically gathered during a clinical, educational, organisational or forensic assessment into an assessment report.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial classroom exercises, model reports, and LMS quizzes. Summative: The 1500 word case study report will be marked on a scoring rubric which emphasises communication skills, problem-solving, quantitative literacy, and ethical awareness (35%)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

06. Develop an awareness of the ethical and professional conduct requirements associated with psychological testing and assessment.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial classroom activities involving role plays and 'hypotheticals'. Formative and Summative: The case study report assessment will have an ethical awareness component Exam questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination50 03, 04, 06
Case study and psychological report (1500 words)35 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
Psychometric review of a psychological measure (500 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
Team tutorial PowerPoint presentation (10 mins)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination50 03, 04, 06
Case study and psychological report (1500 words)35 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
Psychometric review of a psychological measure (500 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
Team tutorial PowerPoint presentation (10 mins)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMathew Marques

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour examination50 03, 04, 06
Case study and psychological report (1500 words)35 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
Psychometric review of a psychological measure (500 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
Team tutorial PowerPoint presentation (10 mins)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 06