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PSYC14048 Advanced Psychological Assessment
Advanced Psychological Assessment
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General Information


The aim of this unit is to provide basic theoretical, empirical, and practice knowledge necessary to acquire the skills required to conduct and evaluate psychological assessment. Lectures and readings are aimed at conveying the basic assessment process that occurs within psychological contexts, regardless of therapeutic orientation. The general expectations of this unit are to demonstrate theoretical, empirical, and practice-focused knowledge of assessment frameworks and techniques. As a student, you should expect to gain an increased understanding of basic frameworks and specific assessment procedures involved in psychological assessment (and therapy) contexts.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CC42 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 15%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Test
Weighting: 45%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluation feedback.


Having the first few weeks discussing the testing in general before honing into more specific contexts was helpful.


Retain the general structure of the unit, with more specific material presented after an overview of the issues around testing.

Feedback from Student evaluation feedback.


The tutorials were very informative and put the content into practical sense.


Continue using the tutorials as an opportunity to discuss the material presented in lectures, with a practical focus.

Feedback from Student evaluation feedback.


The content between the two units PSYC14048 Advanced Psychological Assessment and PSYC14049 Professional Practice of Cognitive Therapies were thought to be quite similar.


At the beginning of each unit a clear description of the content of the PSYC14048 Advanced Psychological Assessment and PSYC14049 Professional Practice of Cognitive Therapies units will be provided, and the differences between the units will be highlighted.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use effective strategies and decision-making processes in psychological assessment
  2. Select and integrate psychological assessment processes across a number of themes and paradigms
  3. Apply the core principles of ethical and professional assessment practice
  4. Use psychological assessment data and decision-making strategies in case-study presentations.

Learning outcomes fulfil the level 2 pre-professional core competencies required by the updated Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) guidelines. The learning outcomes also meet the study criteria as specified by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and as appropriate for study at level 8 as stated by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 15%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Test - 45%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 15%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Test - 45%
Textbooks and Resources



Conducting psychological assessment: A guide for practitioners

Edition: 2nd (2020)
Authors: Wright, A Jordan
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Southern Gate Southern Gate , Chicester , United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781119687221
Binding: Other


Edition: 2nd (2019)
Authors: W. Joel Schneider, Elizabeth O. Lichtenberger, Nancy Mather, Nadeen L. Kaufman, Alan S. Kaufman
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Hoboken Hoboken , New Jersey , United States of America
ISBN: 978-1-119-62335-9
Binding: Other

IT Resources

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