6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Teaching Period 2 2018 (Online)
- Teaching Period 4 2018 (Online)
- Teaching Period 6 2018 (Online)
Students can be enrolled in these units using either the GDPA course code (M5003) or the Single Unit course code (M3900).
This unit will provide students with a theoretical and practical overview of individual differences, and how these may be assessed and treated using evidence-based approaches. The course of study will include the theoretical background to the development of classes of tests, detailed examination of a range of models of ability and other individual difference issues. 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 a range of psychological tests and classification tools in various psychological settings. An overview of evidence-based interventions for common clinical disorders will also be discussed.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Describe and discuss theoretical bases for undertaking psychological tests, and the place of psychological assessment in various settings of psychological practice;
- Select, administer, score and interpret psychological assessments, including common psychiatric conditions, neurocognitive abilities, and personality traits;
- Integrate and summarise information obtained during psychological assessments in the form of a professional report;
- Describe and discuss limitations of psychological assessment tools and how they can be misused, and assess the ethical considerations of administering, interpreting, and reporting of test results;
- Appraise approaches to psychological intervention from the theoretical and empirical evidence bases;
- Integrate assessment and intervention knowledge and skills for behavioural changes and symptom improvements.
- Essay (1500 words) (30%)
- Psychological report and summary (1500 words)(40%)
- Secure online Quizzes (MCQ)(30%)
Students should expect to spend an average of 20-25 hours per week. Broadly, this time will cover:
Video materials (2hrs)
Synchronous & asynchronous discussion (2hrs)
Synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities (2hrs)
Weekly readings (4-6hrs)
Weekly skills-based assessment (4-6hrs, including formative assessment)
Knowledge-based assessment (4-5hrs, including revision)
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