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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr P Greenway


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;
  1. Be able to decide on the appropriate assessment procedures necessary to undertake specific psychological classification;
  2. Possess the basic skills necessary to summarise the findings of psychologiucal
assessments in the form of a professional report;
  1. Appreciate the limitations of psychological assessment tools and how they can be


Essay (20%); Psychological report and evaluation of other testing resources (50%); and Exam (30%).

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Phillip Greenway

Contact hours

12 Hours per week (One 2-hour lecture per week)


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) - accredited major sequence in psychology