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Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method (PSY662)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: Y-internal
Description Core unit for all MAppPsych, combined MAppPsych/PhD and DPsych candidates. This Unit covers the major issues and methods that apply broadly to psychological assessment. The aim is to increase understanding of a scientist-practitioner approach to psychological practice and to develop competency in psychological assessment.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the Unit, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of many key themes in the scientist-practitioner approach to psychological assessment.
2. Demonstrate greater knowledge and deeper understanding of psychometric theory and how to select appropriate test/instruments on the basis of such knowledge.
3. Administer, score, interpret and report the results of a standardised psychometric instrument commonly used in the workplace (e.g. Wechsler Intelligence Scales).
4. Demonstrate improved reasoning, judgment, and decision-making skills by taking steps to overcome some of the biases and errors that affect human thinking.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the consequentiality of psychological assessment for clients and respond to this with care and attention in providing accurate and meaningful assessment feedback to clients and stakeholders.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 3 hours per fortnight; practical/workshops: to be determined.
Unit Learning Experiences There is a large practical component to the Unit. Students will develop expertise in important data collection skills using a variety of instrumental methods (i.e. tests, tasks, and procedures). Equal attention will also be paid to the conceptual and methodological issues associated with psychological testing and the broader assessment task itself (e.g. psychometric theory, judgement and decision-making, ethics). The knowledge and expertise students are expected to acquire by doing this Unit will be delivered in a series of lectures, classroom activities, practica, essential readings, and graded assignments. The Unit will demand a high degree of student application, commitment and flexibility.
Other Learning Experiences Some content may be taught in block workshop mode outside of the teaching timetable. It is expected that students will complete core readings out of class time and undertake test practice out of class time. Students are encouraged to work in groups of 3-4 for test practice.
Assessment Assignment 1: Practical Test Exercise: Videoed administration, recording, and scoring of the WAIS-IV or WISC-IV (40%)
Assignment 2: Report writing: A case study will be provided with associated test results. You will need to write a report that brings these results together into a meaningful report for your client or key stakeholder (40%)
Assignment 3: In tutorial and LMS based quizzes : We will provide a series of short quizzes to explore and consolidate your knowledge of critical psychometric, practice and ethical issues within the practice of psychological assessment. Based on the report submitted above you will videotape a verbal feedback session that will involve conveying test results and recommendations (20%)
Prerequisites MAppPsych (Professional), MAppPsych, DPsych or MAppPsych/PhD; Enrolment in Pg or GradDipConsultPsych where candidate holds a four-year Psychology qualification or equivalent.
Exclusions Students who have completed PSY562 Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (MAppPsych)
Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) (MAppPsych(Professional)) [New in 2015]
Master of Applied Psychology + Doctor of Philosophy (MAppPsych)+(PhD)
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (DPsych)
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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t: 9360 2290
e: Helen.Correia@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: Y-Internal
Dr Helen Correia
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2290
e: Helen.Correia@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.027 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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