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HPS979 - Psychological Assessment

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Linda Byrne





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1.5 hour class and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week


The focus of this unit is to familiarise students with a range of psychological assessment methods commonly administered in a professional setting. While the main focus will be on test administration and interpretation, other major methods of assessment will also be covered, namely behavioural observation, and mental state examinations.


Various categories of tests which are likely to be used in a professional context will be discussed. Such tests include: intelligence, memory and ability tests, tests of relationships, tests of mood states, and tests of child behaviour.


The role of such tests in diagnostic work will be emphasised as well as their use in treatment planning, progress monitoring and research.


Particular skills required by the clinician in making assessments will be discussed with some time set aside for practising these skills. These skills include: observation; history taking; recording the session; administration and scoring of psychometric tests; interpreting test results as well as other sources of clinical data; synthesising interpretations from a variety of sources; forming diagnostic inferences; prognostic and therapeutic recommendations; report writing; consulting with colleagues.


Assessment task 1: WAIS IV scoring exercise 10%

Assessment task 2: MSE report (1000 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: WAIS administration, interpretation, and WAIS-IV/MMPI-2 report (3000 words) 60%

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.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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