HPY723 - Psychological Assessment in Practice

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in H744 to undertake this unit

Unit chair:

Elizabeth Westrupp





Incompatible with:

HPS779, HPS979

Contact hours:

Students will be expected to spend an average of 150 hours over the trimester in teaching and learning and assessment activities. This will include a 1 x 2 hour online class and 1 x 1 hour collaborate session with problem based exercises. This will also include 12 hours of intensive in-class activities.


This is a practical unit aiming to familiarise students with a range of psychological assessment methods commonly administered in psychological practice. While the main focus will be on testing, other major methods of psychological assessment will be covered, including behavioural observation and interviewing. Various categories of tests will be discussed, evaluated and administered, including cognitive and intelligence tests, ability tests, personality tests, and tests of mood states. The role of such tests in diagnostic work will be emphasised as well as their prognostic and therapeutic use. Particular skills required will be practised through 'hands-on' experience.


Assessment task 1: WAIS-IV Scoring Exercise and Administration 10%

Assessment task 2: WISC-V Report (1000 words) 40%

Assessment task 3: WAIS administration, interpretation and WAIS-IV/PAI report (3000 words) 50%


The WAIS administration component of the assessment in this unit is a competence based assessment and will be marked as pass or fail based on specific criteria.

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