This unit of study is a compulsory component which is designed to develop students' understanding of the principles and practice of psychological assessment. Topics include, conducting a clinical-assessment interview, formal assessment techniques, principles of test selection and report-writing. Students will explore the significance of the interpersonal and socio-cultural context in which assessment takes place. One structured cognitive assessment technique will be selected for more detailed study.

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For ABPC students, College permission is required.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on the purpose of assessment and how it is used in a variety of settings;  
  2. Critically review the interview process and its role in a range of assessment settings;  
  3. Exemplify foundational knowledge of assessment protocols and formal assessment processes;  
  4. Interpret and report the results of structured cognitive assessment tasks (e.g., Weschler tests);  
  5. Report on the administration of a cognitive assessment and interview in a professional manner and in accordance with psychological ethical standards; and  
  6. Contextualise the significance of interpersonal processes and socio-cultural context in assessment.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Assessment exercise, Part A: WAIS Results B: WISC results (Approx 1500 words) 20%
Assignment Assessment report based on psychological testing 60%
Test Test (1hour) 20%
Assignment - (Approximately 2500 words) Part A: Background & MSE (20%) and Part B: Materials, Remaining Results Formulation & Recommendations (40%)

Required reading

Handbook of psychological assessment 6th ed.
Groth-Marnat, G. & Wright, A. J., (2016)
Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons

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