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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Karen Golden



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit provides students with a theoretical overview of psychological assessment and measurement using evidence-based approaches. The different approaches to the design and construction of assessment tools are addressed. Test evaluation methods and a review of recent trends in test development theory are addressed. The unit supports students to administer, score and interpret a range of tests and classification tools. The implications of such an approach for evidence-based counselling and psychological interventions are discussed.


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

  1. explain the theoretical and historical bases of test development
  2. discuss the appropriate assessment procedures necessary to undertake psychological classification and counselling intake interviews
  3. demonstrate the basic skills necessary to summarise the findings of assessments in the form of a professional report
  4. discuss the limitations of assessment tools and how they can be misused
  5. apply the ethical issues and demonstrate skills related to the administration, interpretation and reporting of test results
  6. critically assess the place of psychological assessment and measurement in counselling practice
  7. apply the principles of psychological assessment to obtain data from a number of sources to produce a report
  8. apply knowledge of the theoretical and empirical basis of evidence-based approaches to counselling and psychological intervention
  9. evaluate the integration of assessment and intervention.


Report on psychological assessment (2000 words, 50%)
Multiple-choice and short answer examination (2 hours, 2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 2-hr lectures per week for 12 weeks
  • two 2-hr practical workshops
  • Additional requirements (all students):
    • Independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

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