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BVMT12-123: Assessment and Diagnosis


Students will be taught about the application of standardised tests and other instruments for evaluating performance and ability across the lifespan and disability or disorder. In addition, assessment of school-based tasks (mathematics, reading, expression, speech, play, etc) will be covered, and students will be exposed to the use of major tests of intellectual ability and emotional/personality development. Issues of test reliability, validity and norming are canvassed as a means of evaluating the usefulness of tests.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Practice the procedures required for valid and individualised assessments of client functioning by administering a range of standardised and criterion-referenced tests.
2. Review the statistical properties (e.g., validity and reliability) of standardised tests and write a report outlining the practical steps taken in conducting this review.
3. Select and use evidence-based procedures for analysing testing and observational data and to draw conclusions about some aspect of client performance from those data.
4. Show effective expressive and receptive communication skills in classroom interactions and written assignments .
5. Name and discuss the standards required for the ethical administration of tests and testing procedures.

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