Psychological Assessment

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychological Assessment

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PREREQUISITES: 1001PSY Introductory Cognitive and Biological Psychology OR 1005APY Introductory Cognitive and Biological Psychology AND: 1002PSY Introductory Individual and Social Psychology OR 1006APY Introductory Individual and Social Psychology AND: 2000PSY Research Methods and Statistics 2

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of psychological testing and assessment. Topics covered include history of psychological testing, definition, advantages, and limitations of psychological tests, ethics, basic psychometric concepts (test scores and norms, reliability and validity, test construction), psychological testing and assessments in areas such as clinical, organisational, neuropsychological, educational, and forensic.

    Course Introduction
    Skills in psychological assessment and an understanding of psychometrics and test construction are highly valued in the workplace. You will find these skills in the key selection criteria of jobs relevant to your degree. Skills in assessment and test construction are highly valued in allied fields such as business, management, education, and employment (e.g., in areas such as recruitment). The knowledge and skills that you will gain in this course are a selling point for you as a future professional! They will increase your future employability. In addition, they provide an important foundation for those students who proceed to fourth year and beyond in Psychology. Psychological assessment is a core component of the National Psychology Exam that has to passed in order to achieve full registration as a psychologist. This course will introduce aspects of test construction and psychometrics as well as the assessment of core constructs of intelligence and personality. In addition, the application of assessment in a number of applied areas selected from clinical psychology, organizational psychology, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and education will be covered.

    Course Aims
    Psychological assessment affects many areas of society and virtually every aspect of psychology, from clinical assessment to organisational selection and educational guidance. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the mechanisms by which assessment tools are developed and validated, the ways the various types of assessment tools are used, and how the results of these assessments are reported. In successfully completing this course, you will develop skills and knowledge of:

    1. The methodology used to develop, validate, and norm psychological and other tests;
    2. The procedures used in psychological assessment;
    3. The ethical requirements for professional testing standards;
    4. The strategies used to determine the suitability of psychological tests; and
    5. The qualities of various psychological tests, and their appropriate application.

    This course provides a foundation for further training in psychological assessment at the honours and postgraduate level, and is essential for those wishing to pursue postgraduate study and/or a career in psychology.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Locate information about the psychometric properties of psychological tests;
    2 Understand psychometric principles such as normative data, reliability, and validity;
    3 Locate information about available psychological tests;
    4 Evaluate the reliability and validity of psychological tests on the basis of published information, and on the basis of their own empirical research;
    5 Develop measures of psychological constructs, remaining mindful of psychometric qualities such as reliability and validity; and
    6 Demonstrate knowledge of the range of psychological tests and testing applications.

    Assessment Summary
    Mid-Semester Exam-Weighted 25%/25
    Test Development Exercise-Weighted 35%/35
    Final Exam-Weighted 40%/40

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.