PSYCHOL 6603OL - Psychological Measurement and Assessment
Online - Online Teaching 3 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 6603OL Course Psychological Measurement and Assessment Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Online Teaching 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6600OL, PSYCHOL 6601OL and PSYCHOL 6602OL Restrictions Available to Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) (OL) students only Course Description How do you measure and assess the psychological capabilities, health, and attributes of people? In this course, students will gain an understanding of the knowledge necessary to select, deploy, and interpret psychometric instruments in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to appropriately integrate these skills into ethical and culturally responsive practice. Key aspects of the course include the application of knowledge in the context of digital and emerging technologies.
Course Coordinator: Dr Tiffany LavisHow do you measure and assess the psychological capabilities, health, and attributes of people? In this course, students will gain an understanding of the knowledge necessary to select, deploy, and interpret psychometric instruments in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to appropriately integrate these skills into ethical and culturally responsive practice. Key aspects of the course include the application of knowledge in the context of digital and emerging technologies.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Full details of each week's activities can be found in MyUni.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of psychometric theory in a variety of settings. 2 Determine and integrate basic assessment strategies in situations appropriate to psychological practice. 3 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the construction, implementation, and interpretation of standardised psychological test instruments. 4 Integrate ethical and culturally responsive practices in the use of standardised psychological test instruments. 5 Critically reflect on principles of effective psychological measurement and assessment in the context of digital and emerging technologies.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 2, 3, 4
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThis is a fully online offering using MyUni. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and will be provided with curated required and recommended readings and resources. Students will need to install the free, open-source package for statistical analysis, JASP (https://jasp-stats.org/) on their computer. Students will use a telecommunications application (Zoom) to engage in online tutorials.
Recommended ResourcesDetailed reading lists will be provided within course modules; all reading will be accessible online. Assignments will be submitted via Turnitin.
Online LearningThis is a fully online offering. MyUni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEngagement with course content is facilitated by online videos, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self-directed study supported by weekly online 90 minute tutorial sessions.
There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.
Students will complete all of the following activities online;
- Read the material presented in Canvas and participate in the interactive exercises, which will expand upon the material more thoroughly.
- Watch the videos that are in the course to learn about key concepts.
- Complete the exercises putting work into practice.
- Participate in the discussion boards & interactive group sessions.
- Attempt all the quizzes for learning purposes and are not graded to assist in parts of the course or ask for help on the discussion boards.
- Complete readings online and use communication tools to interact and expand on content.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 25
hours per week on this course.
Hours per Week
Tutorials: 1.5 hours
Tutorial preparation: 1 hour
Assessment-related tasks: 8.5 hours
Engaging with online activities: 9 hours
Weekly reading/study: 5 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThe course is presented over six weeks, with one module per week:
1. Psychometric Theory
Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Assessment
Functions of Measurement
2. Principles of Construction and Implementation
Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA)
Steps for Validation
3. Culturally Responsive Practice
Cultural Competence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Issues with Existing Psychological Assessment
Developing Sound Psychological Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Current Psychological Assessment Tools
4. Ability Tests
Assessment of Children
Psychological Assessment in Research
5. Principles of Interpretation
Principles of Interpretation
Normality versus significance
Clinical versus statistical prediction
6. Applications of Psychological Assessment
Digital Adaptations in Psychological Practice
Psychological Assessment and Emerging Technologies
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
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 Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Assessment 1: Quiz Summative 20% 1, 2 Assessment 2: Psychometric Review Summative 30% 2, 3 Assessment 3, Part A: Interpreting Test Results Summative 20% 2, 5 Assessment 3, Part B: Written Report Summative 30% 4, 5, 6
Assessment Related RequirementsThere are no assessment related requirements for this course.
Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Quiz (20%)
This quiz, consisting of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions, will test students’ knowledge of the key aspects of psychometric theory.
Assessment 2: Psychometric Review (30%)
The psychometric review aims to develop students’ understanding of psychological test construction, including cultural considerations. Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of the principles of test construction, with reference to validation of psychometric tools. Specifically, their task is to consider the question:To what extent has the (adapted) Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM-28) been developed according to the principles of best-practice, for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Assessment 3, Part A: Interpreting Test Results (20%)
Assessment 3, Part A assesses students’ ability to interpret psychological test results. They will be expected to report their findings in a manner that demonstrates their understanding of test construction, implementation, and interpretation.
Assessment 3, Part B: Written Report (30%)
Assessment 3, Part B is intended to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to synthesise psychological test results, within the context of digital and emerging technologies. They will combine knowledge from clinical interviews, psychometric tools, and research literature. Students will demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate psychological assessment material and illustrate their interpretation skills.
SubmissionAll assessment occurs online: e-submission, checking for academic integrity in written assessments, e-marking and uploading of videos and other content for both summative and formative assessment task.
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
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