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PSYC71-504: Advanced Psychological Assessment


This subject provides 48 hours of formal academic training in the principles, methods, procedures and critical evaluation of clinical, behavioural, and psychometric assessments. The subject covers administration, interpretation, and report writing for tests of intelligence, memory, personality, achievement, learning disabilities, and forensic assessments. In each domain, the history and development of various tests are taught and students will learn the limitations of testing with particular reference to reliability, validity, and cultural issues. At the end of this subject, students will understand the principles and methods underpinning behavioural, psychometric, and clinical assessment, and select, administer and interpret various psychological tests for a range of problems as they apply to adults and children.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,500
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,640

Learning outcomes

1. Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways. 10. Evaluate the effectiveness of their professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed. 11. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice. 12. Apply advanced psychological knowledge in formulation, and culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology. 13. Demonstrate an understanding and application of cultural responsiveness, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. 14. Demonstrate an understanding and application of the principles of inter-professional learning and practice. 2. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients. 3. Perform appropriate standardised psychological testing, as part of broader assessment, to assess and interpret aspects of functioning 4. Conduct professional assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions. 5. Demonstrate knowledge of approaches to monitor outcomes and making modifications based on evolving case formulation. 6. Interpret and communicate findings in written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language. 7. Demonstrate respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals. 8. Operate within the boundaries of their professional competence, consult with peers or other relevant sources where appropriate, and refer on to relevant other practitioners where appropriate. 9. Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking account of the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result.

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

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?31/05/2022
Cancellation 2?04/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?15/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?03/07/2022
Teaching census?14/06/2022