PSY4041 - Psychological testing and ethics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Miss Leah Braganza


Ms Eloise Perini

Unit guides


Monash Online

  • Teaching Period 3 2019 (Online)
  • Teaching Period 6 2019 (Online)


PSY4051, PSY4131.


Students can be enrolled in these units using either the GDP course codes (M5013/4525) or the Single Unit course code (3900).


Testing and assessment is a major component of psychological research and practice. This unit introduces the principles and processes of test development, test administration and test interpretation. Some widely used psychological tests will be described and critiqued on a number of criteria including test reliability and validity. The unit also covers theories of ability and how our thinking about human abilities is influenced by our cultural framework.

The unit will also provide students with a strong foundation in professional ethics for psychologists. Students will also gain an advanced knowledge of the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities of practising psychologists. These ethical principles will then be applied to specific ethical dilemmas and case studies.


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

  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the steps involved in psychological test development.
  2. Critically evaluate the psychometric properties of psychological tests including reliability and validity.
  3. Examine and contrast diverse applications of a range of psychological testing techniques.
  4. Compare and critically appraise the relevant theories of intelligence.
  5. Communicate the social implications of psychological testing and its application in society.
  6. Demonstrate in depth knowledge of the key ethical principles surrounding psychological practice and assessment.
  7. Apply ethical principles to generate possible solutions to ethical dilemmas.


  • Psychological testing assignment (1,500 words) (30%)
  • Ethics assignment (1,500 words) (35%)
  • 6 x Secure online quizzes (35%)

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week on this unit to achieve the learning outcomes. This time will cover:

  1. video lecture materials;
  2. synchronous & asynchronous discussion;
  3. synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities;
  4. weekly readings;
  5. weekly skills-based assessment tasks; and
  6. content-based assessment, including revision and formative assessment.

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