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 the assessment interview, formal assessment techniques, principles of report-writing and 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.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
APH4071

Prerequisites

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. Administer and interpret 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

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Testing knowledge of assessment techniques and report writing (1 hour) 35%
Assignment Assessment report based on psychological testing (Approximately 2500 words) 45%
Exercise Assessment exercise (Approximately 1500 words) 20%

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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