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HPS979 - Psychological Assessment

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Linda Byrne

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

HPS779

Contact hours:

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

Content

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

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/PIA 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

If you are:

Domestic

  • in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate full fee paying student - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • postgraduate full fee paying students commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

International

  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commenced before 2016 - refer to Unit based calculation below.
  • an undergraduate, postgraduate or Higher Degree by Research student commencing in 2016 - refer to Course based calculation below.
  • a non-award student - refer to Unit based calculation below.

Course based calculation

Your unit tuition fees are based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.


Unit based calculation

Your tuition fees are calculated on the units you enrol in. This means your fees are based on the units you choose to study and not a fixed course price. The tuition fees for this unit are displayed in the table below:


Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$782$782$2939$3206

* 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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