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Psychology: Principles of Psychological Assessment (PSY431)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 4
Description This unit examines the major theoretical issues, practical applications and ethical considerations associated with individual and group psychological assessment and measurement techniques.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
1. Evaluate the psychometric adequacy of psychological assessments.
2. Evaluate the difficulty, sensitivity and specificity of an assessment.
3. Design an instrument and provide a detailed rationale of its design.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of psychological assessment and ethics relevant to the different psychological professions.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues relating to the use of psychological assessment.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to blend the seminar content provided by subject matter experts with extensive experience in psychological assessment with self-directed learning. The seminars are structured around the core textbook and clear links with the relevant chapters. Links to online materials are provided via LMS to further enhance self-directed learning and are similarly structured around the lecture topics. The online links provide access to alternate texts, videos and real world examples.
Assessment On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Evaluate psychometric adequacy of psychological assessments.
2. Evaluate difficulty, sensitivity and specificity of an assessment.
3. Design an instrument; provide detailed rationale of its design.
4. Demonstrate awareness of psychological assessment and ethics relevant to different psychological professions.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues relating to the use of psychological assessment.

Assignments:
Written report assessing the psychometric properties of a test (20%) - aligns with 1. and 3. above. Written feedback provided, including completion of standardised marking guide.
Written report of design and development of an assessment instrument (40%) - aligns with 1., 2. and 3. above. Written feedback provided, including completion of standardised marking guide.
Examination (40%) - aligns with all objectives above.
Prerequisites BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or PSY311 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or PSY315 Advanced Qualitative Research methods or enrolment in Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology or BA Psychology (Hons) or BPsych (Hons) or Psychology with Honours (BA (Hons)) or Psychology with Honours (BSc (Hons)).
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY431 Psychology: Advanced Topic A may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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Unit Coordinator
PSY431
Dr Graeme Ditchburn
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2775
e: Graeme.Ditchburn@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.021 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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