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HPS715 - Psychological Assessment

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H650 Graduate Diploma of Psychology and H664 Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Pre-Practice)

Unit chair:

Emma Gould





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week
Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) class and 1 x 1 hour cloud (online) seminar per week


This unit introduces the theoretical and psychometric basis of psychological tests.  It will then provide an overview of the psychological assessment of an individual for various purposes and in a range of contexts. Major psychological tests will be studied with respect to their theoretical basis, construction, reliability, validity and applicability, including tests of ability, personality, and mood. Both child/adolescent and adult populations will be considered. The process of formulating psychological opinion in casework will be introduced. Report writing skills will be developed and ethical issues discussed.


Assessment task 1: Test evaluation (1000-1500 words) 15%

Assessment task 2: Case report (1500-2000 words) 35%

Assessment task 3: MCQ Examination (2 hours) 50%

Prescribed texts

Cohen, R.J., Swerdlik, M.E., & Sturman, E.D. (2013). Psychological Testing and Assessment: An introduction to tests and measurement (8th Edition). McGraw Hill: New York.

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