6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Completed Bachelors Degree and a major sequence in psychology approved by the Australian Psychological Society or qualification assessed as equivalent by the Australian Psychological Society, with a distinction average for third year psychology units.
The 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.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
- Essay (2,000 words) (30%)
- Report on psychological assessment (40%)
- Closed book multiple-choice exam (2 hours) (30%)
Attendance at 75% of lectures is a hurdle requirement.
Twelve 2 hour lectures (delivered weekly), and two 2 hour practical workshops.
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