PSYCHOL 7132 - Psychological Assessment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N 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: Dr Alyssa Sawyer
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Apply knowledge and clinical skills in the practice of culturally responsive psychological assessment, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, in the area of clinical psychology 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 to a referral source of a professional standard.
5. Intergrate personal cultural positioning and the implications for competent health service delivery.
6. Draw connections between the impacts of history on contemporary Indigenous health outcomes.
7. Explore the diversity of Indigenous identities in Australia.
8. Become familiar with basic principles and protocols underpinning ethical practice when working with Indigenous peoples and communities.
9. Develop a personal resource list of relevant policy and protocol documents.
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,5,6,7,8,9 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
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 will use MyUni for 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: 3 hours per week = 36 hours
Assignment 1: 26 hours
Assignment 2: 3 hours (not including preparation time)
Assignment 3: 17 hours
Learning Activities SummarySeminars 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: Professional standards, legal and ethical implications Communicating assessments Week 6 Culturally responsive assessment, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures Culture and assessment 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 three assessments as detailed below, and all 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 cognitive assessment, with self and peer rating Summative NGP 1-4 Initial mental health assessment interview Objective Structured Clinical Interview (OSCI) Summative NGP 1-4 Satisfactory completion of the online module Yaitya Parunna Indigenous Health and Medical Sciences Curriculum Summative NGP 1, 5-9
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: The assignment then involves an OSCI assessing an initial mental health interview.
Assignment 3: This assignment involves students completing the online module Yaitya Purrana Indigenous Health and Medical Sciences Curriculum.
Further details of assignments will be provided in class.
SubmissionAssignments are to be submitted to the Psychology Office (video assignment) or via 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.
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.Student feedback shows an appreciation for the expertise of our visiting clinical lecturers, but a concern that there is some overlap in content. We have revised the program slightly for 2020 to reduce content overlap and have also introduced a full session focussing on culturally responsive assessment including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Inland cultures. Student also have appreciated the applied focus of the course assessments, and we will continue to use assessments that are relevant to clinical psychology practice.
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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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