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PSY4503 - Psychological assessment

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr G Walker


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Evening)
Singapore First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


The unit will provide students with a theoretical overview of individual differences and how these may be assessed. The course of study will include the theoretical background to the development of classes of tests, detailed examination of a range of models of human ability, and other individual difference issues. The different approaches to the design and construction of personality assessment tools will also be addressed. Test evaluation methods and a review of recent trends in test development theory will also be covered. The unit will also cover the administration, scoring and interpretation of:

  1. Individual intelligence tests (e.g. WISC-III, WAIS-III, SBIS, and Kaufman Scales);
  2. Group pencil-and-paper tests of ability, aptitude, and achievement (e.g., ACER, AL/AQ, Raven's SPM, etc.);
  3. Diagnostic educational tests;
  4. Personality questionnaires and projective techniques (e.g., 16PF, MMPI-2, and TAT); and classification tools such as DSM-IV.


On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the theoretical and historical basis of test development, particularly in relation to measures of ability and personality;
  2. Be able to decide on the appropriate assessment procedures necessary to undertake specific psychological classification;
  3. Possess the basic skills necessary to summarise the findings of psychologucal assessments in the form of a professional report;
  4. Appreciate the limitations of psychological assessment tools and how they can be misused;


Agency visit (hurdle requirement)
Essay (20%)
Psychological report and evaluation of other testing resources (50%)
Exam (30%).



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