Professional Orientation (Psychological Assessment)

Unit code: APH4071 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
For ABPC students, College permission is required.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Assessment exercise, Part A: WAIS Results B: WISC results (Approx 1500 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 60%
Assessment report based on psychological testing
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Test (1hour)

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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