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PSYC71-403: Principles of Psychological Assessment


This subject provides students with an introduction to the principles of psychological assessment. The subject examines the rationale for psychological assessment, and covers topics such as test norms, reliability, validity, test development, and test item analysis. The subject provides an overview and critical evaluation of various tests currently used within applied areas of psychology, with an emphasis on personality and cognitive assessment. The tutorial program and assessment are designed to assist students' understanding of the content covered in the lectures, and to give students an appreciation of the issues and difficulties surrounding test construction.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,950
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,110

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation, and interpretation of some of the most widely used cognitive and personality assessments
2. Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory based and other psychological research.
3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.
4. Explain how the science and practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts, and evaluate psychologists' behaviour in relation to ethics and the "National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce".
5. Write a standard research report using APA structure and formatting conventions.
6. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social and organisational issues.

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology programs are accredited pathways towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into these programs is based on a calculated GPA derived from a completed four year sequence of study in Psychology as accredited by APAC as well as invitation into the degree. As such, this subject can only be taken by those students successfully admitted to the degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start13/01/2020
Cancellation 1?27/01/2020
Cancellation 2?03/02/2020
Last enrolment26/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?29/02/2020
Teaching census?07/02/2020