Credit points: 15
This subject 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 subjects in the course. The assessment process, emphasising a problem-solving orientation, is examined, taking into account life-span and cultural issues. 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 will be augmented through candidates' self-directed experiential activities.
SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health
Subject Co-ordinatorLauren Fitzpatrick
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Developed knowledge of the principles and theoretical background of psychological assessment with an understanding of issues relating to (i) reliability and validity, (ii) development and aging, and (iii) culture.
- Participation in lecture and tutorial presentations throughout the sereis and underatking the reading from the associated references
02. Ability to undertake a preliminary interview and underatke a structured history as the preliminary component of the assessment.
- Active participation in tutorial role plays
03. Developed ability to administer psychological tests taking into account issues of validity & reliability, and contextual issues related to development and aging, and cultural diversity
- Administration of the Weschler batteries and various selected psychological tests to professional standard; videotaped testing sessions; written test reports. Active participation in lectures/seminars on issues related to development and aging, and cultural diversity
04. Developed ability to write assessment reports to a professional standard and suitable for different referral agencies or contexts
- Participation in seminars and tutorials on communication and report writing; written assignments and reports
05. Increased understanding about how to communicate effectively to the client, family or refereral agencies and other psychologists about the psychological assessment; and, understanding about how to incorporate the assessment results into treatment planning.
- Participation in seminars and tutorials on communication and report writing; written assigments and reports
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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLauren Fitzpatrick
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|One 20-minute practical examination of a videoed assessment||Achievement of professional competence in administering a selected Wechsler test battery||30||01, 02, 03, 04|
|One 1500-word psychological assessment report||40||01, 02, 03, 04, 05|
|Four completed record forms of psychological test administrations||20||01, 02, 03, 04|
|One 500-word written reflective journal report||10||01, 02, 03, 04, 05|