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PSYC71-504: Advanced Psychological Assessment May 2017 [Standard]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC71-504
Subject title:Advanced Psychological Assessment
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture


Prescribed resources:
  • Groth-Marnat, G. & Wright, A. J. (2016). Handbook of psychological assessment. 6th ed, Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley
  • Sattler, J. M. (2008). Assessment of Children: Cognitive Foundations. 5th ed, La Mesa, California: Sattler, J. M. Ch. 16
  • Lichtenberger, E. O. Breaux, K. C. (2010). Essentials of WIAT-III and KTEA-II Assessment. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley Ch. 2
  • Prince, J. P., & Heiser, L. J. (2000). Essentials of career interest assessment. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley Ch. 2
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Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

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

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay Assignment 1. WISC-V Capacity Video (PASS/FAIL) and Self-Evaluation 20% Week 7 2, 3, 4.
Essay Assignment 2. WMS-IV and Personality Capacity Assessment (PASS/FAIL) and Psychological Report 40% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Final Examination 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

The two written assignments must be handed into Level 2, building 1a assignment slot, and submitted via turnitin (i-learn) before 4.00pm on the day of lecture. A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. Extensions need to be applied for in writing, prior to the day of submission, and only granted under exceptional circumstances. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Role of the Clinician, Evaluating Psychological Tests, Clinical Judgement, Phases in Clinical Assessment, Selecting Psychological Tests, Ethical Practice and Initial Assessment Interview

Demonstration and Practice of WISC-V

WISC-V Scoring. Overview of WAIS-IV

Theory, Relevance and Wechsler Scales. Practice Interpretation

Mental State Examination, Mini-Mental State Exam, Psychological Report Writing

Wechsler Memory Scale (IV)

MMPI, MCMI, PAI and Child/Youth Measures

SCID Overview, Demonstration and Rehearsal

Paired Administration of WMS-IV

Screening and Assessing for Neuropsychological Impairment, Observation and Functional Analysis

Career Interests and Counselling - Strong Interest Inventory/Self-Directed Search. Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Persons and Indigenous Clients.

Approved on: Mar 16, 2017. Edition: 2.1