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PSYC21001 Assessment 1
Assessment 1
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General Information


This unit is intended to provide you with knowledge and skill acquisition at Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Accreditation Standards Level 4, which represents professional and specialised areas of practice competencies necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist. Specifically, this unit aims to build your competency in theoretically informed selection, administration, interpretation, and integration of standardised psychological testing into broader clinical assessment of cognition, memory and neurodevelopment. You will build knowledge and skills specific to culturally-responsive reflective practice approaches to psychological assessment.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

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 1 - 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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
Weighting: 15%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 40%
4. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Weighting: 15%

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 feedback


Content, structure and style of teaching of the unit is engaging and supportive of student learning.


Retain structure and content of the unit, with due consideration for adjustments made to the original planned structure in the face of COVID-19. Continue to adopt a similar teaching style and approach for this unit as student feedback indicates this was supportive of a positive learning experience.

Feedback from Student feedback


The teaching and learning of technology enhanced psychometric assessment testing via the use of Q-Interactive was considered a valuable additional skill.


Embed the use of technology-enhanced (e.g. Q-Interactive) and online modalities of psychometric assessment into the unit content.

Feedback from Student feedback


Some of the Moodle site navigation was confusing, particularly when content was changed mid-term due to COVID-19 impacts.


Ensure that the Moodle site for PSYC21001 T1 2021 is updated to optimise student engagement and navigation.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critically apply theoretical knowledge and a culturally-responsive scientist-practitioner approach to standardised psychological testing, as situated within the context of comprehensive psychological assessment
  2. Justify and effectively communicate evidence-based interpretation, integration and synthesis of assessment data in oral and written format
  3. Demonstrate competency for critically reflective and culturally-sensitive practice in standardised psychological assessment processes.

These Learning Outcomes are intended to link with the CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology course Learning Outcome "Conduct culturally responsive assessment of psychological disorders to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples" (Learning Outcome number 3).

The PSYC21001 Learning Outcomes align with the 2019 Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Accreditation Standards for Level 4 Graduate Competencies specific to assessment in clinical psychology; 4.2.1.i, 4.2.2.i, 4.2.2.ii, and 4.2.2.iii.

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
1 - Practical Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 15%
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books - 15%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 15%
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books - 15%
Textbooks and Resources



Clinical Interviewing 6th Edition (2016)

Authors: Sommers-Flanagan & Sommers-Flanagan
New Jersey New Jersey , USA
ISBN: 978-1-119-21558-5
Binding: Paperback

Essentials of Assessment Report Writing 2nd Edition (2018)

Authors: Lichtenberger, E. O., Mather, N., Kaufman, N.L., & Kaufman, A. S.
New Jersey New Jersey , USA
ISBN: 978-1-119-21868-5
Binding: Paperback

Essentials of WAIS-IV Assessment 2nd Edition (2012)

Authors: Lichtenberger, E.O., & Kaufman, A. S.
New Jersey New Jersey , USA
ISBN: 978-1-118-27188-9
Binding: Paperback

Essentials of WISC-V Assessment 1st Edition (2017)

Authors: Dawn P. Flanagan, Vincent C. Alfonso
New Jersey New Jersey , USA
ISBN: 978-1-118-98087-3
Binding: Paperback

Foundations of Behavioral, Social, and Clinical Assessment of Children 6th Edition (2014)

Authors: Sattler, J. M.
Jerome M. Sattler Publisher Inc
La Mesa La Mesa , USA
ISBN: 978-0-970-26712-2
Binding: Hardcover

Handbook of Psychological Assessment 6th Edition (2016)

Authors: Groth-Marnat, G.
New Jersey New Jersey , USA
ISBN: 978-0-470-08358-1
Binding: Hardcover

Neuropsychological Assessment 5th Edition (2012)

Authors: Lezak, M., Howieson, D., Bigler, E., & Tranel, D.
Oxford University Press
Oxford Oxford , UK
ISBN: 978-0-195-39552-5
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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