Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Maria Damianova


The unit explores some widely used standardised psychology tests including South African tests. It gives an overview of the principles and processes of test development and the concepts of test reliability and validity. Major themes include methods for establishing the relative influence of heredity and environment on human intelligence, causes of intellectual disability, and intervention programs for disadvantaged and disabled children. The unit also covers theories of ability and how our thinking about human abilities is influenced by our cultural framework. A basic knowledge of the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities of psychologists is provided.


On completion of the unit the students will be able to:

  1. Describe the origins and social context in which psychometric testing developed.
  2. Discuss the principles of reliability, validity and item analysis.
  3. Construct and administer psychometric tests.
  4. Critically evaluate the psychometric properties of psychological tests.
  5. Interpret test scores.
  6. Identify diverse applications of psychological testing.
  7. Relate the relevant theories of intelligence.
  8. Appraise genetic and environmental factors which influence human intelligence.
  9. Analyse some causes of intellectual disability.
  10. Discuss group differences in the testing process.
  11. Describe the social implications of psychological testing.
  12. Express the key ethical principles and identify potential ethical dilemmas regarding psychological assessment and suggest possible solutions.


Lecture topic quizzes: 10%
Class participation assignments: 10%
Critical thinking exercises: 30%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours lecture contact for 12 weeks
2 hours tutorials contact for 10 weeks
8 hours for private study, including reading of prescribed and recommended literature, review of and familiarisation with a wider range of publications on the core content topics of the unit, work on assignments, preparation for class discussions and presentations.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study




PSY3041, PSY2011, PSY2051, PSY2022