PSYCHOL 7332 - Psychological Assessment

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

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 ability, work aptitudes, personality, vocational interests, attitudes and values, and how these tests are used individually and in combination as part of psychological assessment in organisations. Consideration will also be given to interviewing as an assessment tool and to tests of the environment and organisational culture. 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 7332
    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 Introductory knowledge of the purpose for assessment and the basic principles and practices of psychometric testing.
    Restrictions Available to M Psych (O&HF) and PhD/MPsych(O&HF) 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 ability, work aptitudes, personality, vocational interests, attitudes and values, and how these tests are used individually and in combination as part of psychological assessment in organisations. Consideration will also be given to interviewing as an assessment tool and to tests of the environment and organisational culture. 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Neil Kirby

    Additional Academic Staff:
    Ms Sophie Holstock: Ph 0416285419; Email Sophie.holdstock@hudson.com

    School of Psychology Office:
    Ms Janine Flory: Ph - + 61 8313 1540; Email - janine.flory@adelaide.edu.au



    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1.    Apply knowledge and skills in the practice of psychological assessment for a variety of assessment tasks in organisational settings.
    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 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. 1-4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecturers will provide reading material which will be made available on MyUni, prior to or at each session.

    Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
    Recommended Resources
    Lecturers will provide reading material which will be made available on MyUni, prior to or at each session.
    Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/

    The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.

    For additional information please refer to the relevant Master of Psychology program handbook at the following link:
    http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
    Online Learning
    This 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 forms, templates and additional readings
    - Self-directed learning activities    

    Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lecturers will support group discussion related to the lecture content. This will include organisational 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.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Seminars: 3 hrs 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
    Independent reading: 2 hours per week
    Assignment 1: 30 hours
    Assignment 2: 20 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecturer 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 Tests of abilities and aptitudes 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 and honesty assessment Assessment of personality
    Week 9 Assessment of interests, attitudes and values Assessment of interests, attitudes and values
    Week 10 Assessment centres Assessment using a battery of tests
    Week 11 Interviews as an assessment tool Interviewing for recruitment
    Week 12 Measures of organisational culture Organisational culture assessment


    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change.
    Specific Course Requirements
    On enrolment all students MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.  All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Professional Practice and Evidence-Based Practice.The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.

    Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Scoring a video tesing session and editing a computerised report on an individual adult cognitive assessment. Summative NGP 1-4
    Completing a personality test and writing a report on their suitability for a specific type of job Summative NGP 1-4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance 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 Detail
    Assignment 1: This assignment involved students scoring a video of an adult being given an individual intelligence test, entering the results into a computer program and editing the computer generated report.

    Assignment 2: This assignment involves students completing a personality test and writing a report on their suitability for a specific type of management position in an organisation.

    Further details of both assignments will be provided in class.
    Submission
    Assignments are to be submitted to the Psychology Office, along with a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni).

    The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.

    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.For further information re the Assessment Policy in the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Program Handbook at the following link:
    http://health.adelaide.edu.au./psychology/students/resouce/handboodsforms.html
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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