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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 discussed, and the limitations of testing with particular reference to reliability, validity, and cultural issues are emphasised. 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 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,250

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theories and models, the empirical findings supporting these theories and the methods employed to establish them, the major methods of psychological investigation and techniques of measurement and their application and interpretation, and design and implement a psychological intervention.
2. Demonstrate understanding of legal and professional matters, demonstrate behaviour consistent with the legal requirements and codes of conduct relevant to psychologists, demonstrate self-assessment skills, and apply ethical principles to ethical dilemmas.
3. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in conducting systematic psychological assessment using a wide range of assessment technique.
4. Demonstrate excellent written communication, including the ability to write well organised reports and other documents.

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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2019
Semester start13/05/2019
Subject start13/05/2019
Cancellation 1?27/05/2019
Cancellation 2?03/06/2019
Last enrolment26/05/2019
Withdraw – Financial?08/06/2019
Withdraw – Academic?29/06/2019
Teaching census?07/06/2019