PSYCHOL 7132 - Psychological Assessment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 7132 Course Psychological Assessment Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Assumed Knowledge Honours level knowledge of the purpose for assessment and the basic principles and practices of psychometric testing. Restrictions Available to M Psych (Clin) and PhD/MPsych(Clin) students only or by permission of Head of School Course Description This course aims to introduce students to the principles and practice of psychological assessment. The course will focus on a small number of widely used norm-referenced tests of intellectual abilities as well as diagnostic interview schedules, and both clinician rated and self-report measures used in the assessment of emotional and behavioural problems across the lifespan. Students will become familiar with the strengths, limitations, interpretation and presentation of findings from a variety of assessment instruments and will learn skills in both assessment planning and report writing. Students will learn about the ethical and social implications of assessment in a variety of contexts including socially and linguistically diverse populations. Opportunities for practice administration of assessment tools will be provided.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Rachel Roberts
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe following learning outcomes are consistent with the APS College Course Approval guidelines for Postgraduate Specialist Courses in Clinical Psychology
At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge and clinical skills in the practice of psychological assessment for a variety of assessment tasks, across the lifespan.
2. Demonstrate competence in the selection, administration, and scoring of assessment measures
3. Demonstrate competence in drawing inferences from the results within a hypothesis generating and hypothesis testing framework
4. Demonstrate competence in writing a report and letter to a referral source of a professional standard.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2
Required ResourcesLecturers will provide reading material which will be made available on MyUni, prior to or at each session.
Recommended ResourcesLecturers will provide reading material which will be made available on MyUni, prior to or at each session.
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to resources such as additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLecturers will support group discussion related to the lecture content. This will include clinical case scenarios to guide the development of psychological assessment practice. Time will also be spent familiarising students with tests, as well as practice and supervision in administration, scoring and interpreting psychological tests.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Seminars: 3 hours each week for 12 weeks = 36 hours
Video assessment: 2 hours (not including preparation time)
Independent test familiarisation and practice administration: 3 hours per week = 36 hours
Independent reading: 2 hours per week = 24 hours
Assignment 1: 26 hours
Assignment 2: 20 hours
Learning Activities SummaryLecturer will be held weekly on a Wednesday morning from 9:10am- 12 noon. The following is a provisional program. The final program will be advised at semester commencement.
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Assessment planning and test selection Assessment principles Week 2 Introduction to the Wechsler Scales Assessment of intelligence Week 3 Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV Assessment of intelligence Week 4 Assessment of intellectual ability in children and adolescents Assessment of intelligence Week 5 Report writing 1: Planning, organisation, professional standards Communicating assessments Week 6 Report writing 2: Interview content, legal and ethical implications Communicating assessments Week 7 Assessment of mental health Assessment of mental health Week 8 Personality assessment Assessment of personality Week 9 Assessment of memory (focus on WMS-IV) Assessment of memory Week 10 Assessment of adaptive behaviours, support needs, systematic observation Assessment of adaptive behaviour Week 11 Assessment of older persons Focus on older persons Week 12 Assessment of infant development Focus on infants
Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment comprises of two assessments as detailed below, and both must be passed to successfully complete the course. Due dates will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Administration (video), scoring (test record), and reporting (written report) on a cognitivie assessment, with self and peer rating Summative NGP 1-4 Scoring, hypothesis generation and reporting (letter) a mental health assessment Summative NGP 1-4
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance is required for 80% of classes, with attendance lists maintained. Failure to meet this attendance requirement (i.e., absence from three or more classes in the course) may lead to exclusion from the course.
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: This assignment involves student’s videoing themselves administering an intelligence scale, and then scoring the test, interpreting the results and writing a report. Students also complete a self and a peer rating of the administration of the test. The scale is administered to a role played (pseudo) adolescent ‘client’.
Assignment 2: This assignment involves students being provided with test forms, and initial information from which they are required to develop a provisional formulation of a client with a mental health problem and compile this information into a letter to a GP referrer.
Further details of both assignments will be provided in class.
SubmissionAssignments are to be submitted to the Psychology Office, along with a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni).
Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time.No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time.
Please refer to the Assessment Policy in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) Program Handbook
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme) Grade Description CN Continuing FNS Fail No Submission NFE No Formal Examination F Fail NGP Non Graded Pass P Pass C Credit D Distinction HD High Distinction RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.Students will have the opportunity to resubmit any assessment that received a fail grade.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
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Policies & Guidelines
This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.
Please refer to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) Program Handbook for general course information and School policies:
- Academic Credit Arrangement Policy
- Academic Honesty Policy
- Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy
- Assessment for Coursework Programs
- Copyright Compliance Policy
- Coursework Academic Programs Policy
- Elder Conservatorium of Music Noise Management Plan
- Intellectual Property Policy
- IT Acceptable Use and Security Policy
- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
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