PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

PSY5PAX

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides in-depth training in the area of psychological 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 yours' self-directed experiential activities.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLauren Fitzpatrick

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Co-requisitesN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Evidence of Absence: A Guide to Cognitive Assessment in Australia.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorCrowe, S.F.

Year2010

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PublisherBrisbane: Australian Academic Press

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply advanced understanding 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.
02. Apply structured history- taking interview as the preliminary component of psychological assessments.
03. Administer psychological tests taking into account issues of validity and reliability, and contextual issues related to development and aging, and cultural diversity.
04. Write assessment reports to a professional standard and suitable for different referral agencies or contexts.
05. Communicate effectively to clients, families, referral agencies, and other psychologists about the psychological assessment with understanding of how to incorporate assessment results into treatment planning.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarina Chan

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h seminar every two weeks on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Four 7.00 h workshop other recurrence on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Some classes will be held in Melbourne."

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 20-minute practical examination of a videoed assessment (1,000-words equivalent) Achievement of professional competence in administering a selected Wechsler test batteryN/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One written psychological assessment report (2,000 words equivalent) Report based on a hypothetical case.N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Four completed record forms of real-life psychological test administrations (1,500 words equivalent) Students practice administering tests to friends/family/other students and submit the completed record forms. Each record form is worth 7.5%.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One written reflective journal report (500 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLauren Fitzpatrick

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 20-minute practical examination of a videoed assessment (1,000-words equivalent) Achievement of professional competence in administering a selected Wechsler test batteryN/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One written psychological assessment report (2,000 words equivalent) Report based on a hypothetical case.N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Four completed record forms of real-life psychological test administrations (1,500 words equivalent) Students practice administering tests to friends/family/other students and submit the completed record forms. Each record form is worth 7.5%.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One written reflective journal report (500 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5