Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louise McLean


This unit provides students with a theoretical overview of individual differences and how these may be assessed. It includes 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 are addressed, and test evaluation methods and a review of recent trends in test development theory are covered. The unit also covers the administration, scoring and interpretation of a range of psychological tests and classification tools.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate sound knowledge of the theoretical and historical bases of test development, particularly in relation to measures of ability and personality
  2. decide on the appropriate assessment procedures necessary to undertake specific psychological classification
  3. summarise the findings of psychological assessments in the form of a professional report
  4. appreciate the limitations of psychological assessment tools and how they can be misused.


Weekly online quizzes (400 words equivalent, 10%)
Psychological report (2500 words, 50%)
Examination (2 hours, 1100 words equivalent, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-hour lecture per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


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