psy5pas psychological assessment




Credit points: 10

Subject outline

This unit provides an introduction to assessment, integrating the scientist-practitioner roles of the professional psychologist. The focus is on concepts and techniques that are foundations for other units in the course. The assessment process, emphasising a problem-solving orientation, is examined. Psychometric theory and its relationship to testing is reviewed. Principles of assessment interviewing are outlined. The contribution of tests and testing to this process is considered in detail. Techniques of test administration and interpretation, with a particular emphasis on the Wechsler Intelligence Scales, are explored. Communication of psychological assessment outcomes, particularly through report writing, is given close attention. Lectures and seminar presentations are augmented through students' self-directed experiential activities.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points10

Subject Co-ordinatorGlynda Kinsella

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission to SMCP or SDPCP or SMCNP or SDPCN


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Developed ability to select appropriate assessment techniques and instruments for psychological assessment

Active particpation in lectures/tutorials throughout the subject

02. Developed ability to administer psychologicaltests, to write assessment reports, and to communicate effectively through report writing

Administration of selected psychological tests and writing of case reports

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGlynda Kinsella

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

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


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
class participation and reading2001
videotaped testing session and written reportsDemonstrated professional level of expertise in the use and administration of specified psychological tests8002