PSYC13020 - Individual Differences and Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the principles, processes, applications, and issues pertaining to the development and use of psychological assessment. This unit is presented through a number of themes, covering topics such as origins, ethics and uses of psychological testing; testing in adults, children and vulnerable populations; neuropsychological testing and testing for industry and career development. The psychometric basis of psychological assessment and testing is emphasised. You will focus on a variety of common psychological procedures and tests measuring individual differences. Consideration of individual differences and assessment in an Australian context will be a key component of your studies in this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

CA10 & CQ01 – Must complete PSYC11008, PSYC11009, PSYC12014, and PSYC12013 or PSYC12010

CF59 – Must have completed PSYC12048 and (PSYC12010 or PSYC12012 or PSYC12013 or PSYC12014 or PSYC12047)

CC43 – Minimum of 96 credit points

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 30%

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

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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.

Source: Course Evaluation Report
Feedback
Moodle quizzes (particularly 1 and 2) required to much expected knowledge.
Recommendation
Assess only one chapter per moodle quiz, by extending to 4 quizzes instead of 3.
Action Taken
This was not acted upon in 2018 due to a change in unit coordination, with the unit coordinator being a new member of staff. This member of staff joined the university after the date at which changes could be made to the unit of study.
Source: Course Evaluation Report
Feedback
Guest lecturers for specific weeks were well received
Recommendation
Include a minimum of 2 guest lecturers OR a lecturer with practicing clinical psychology expertise for unit co-ordinator
Action Taken
This was not acted upon in 2018 due to a change in unit coordination and staffing profile of the department.It is suggested this item is rolled over to 2019.
Source: Course Evaluation Report
Feedback
New textbook is still viewed as very dense, with limited relevance to Australian context
Recommendation
Integrate guest lecturers with skills sets and experience relevant to assessment in an Australian context (this is particularly important for Assessment with Indigenous populations).
Action Taken
This was not acted upon in 2018 due to a change in unit coordination, with the unit coordinator being a new member of staff. This member of staff joined the university after the date at which changes could be made to the unit of study.
Source: Student feedback in-class and via email and Moodle discussion boards.Analysis of assessment resuts. Peer discussion.
Feedback
Some students were producing descriptive rather than analytic materials in their assessments. Thus, students were unaware that at level 3 in an undergraduate degree there is an expectation that students would have transitioned beyond learning outcomes that asked them to describe content and to show their ability to critically evaluate content.
Recommendation
Provide students with a resource to inform them about learning skills associated with critical thinking and reflection. The unit tutor in 2018 will offer to produce a short video podcast that can be used on this unit and other level 3 psychology units, if applicable.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback in-class and via email and Moodle discussion boards.
Feedback
Some students reported difficulties in searching for unit materials stored on the Moodle site. This was believed to be due to the use of themes to organise unit content.
Recommendation
Index digitally stored materials with the following file name protocol: [Teaching week]_[teaching format]_topic. Provide an index list of all unit digital materials on the Moodle site. Provide an extended induction in week 1 on using the Moodle site, paying particular attention to the thematic structure of the site.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
The use of ITS content streaming for timetabled classes did not provide the tutor with the ability to see how many participants were online and did not have the facility for students to text comments or to indicate to the tutor that they wished to ask a question.
Recommendation
Scope the use of Zoom instead of ITS streaming of class sessions to enable increased opportunities for student engagement in synchronous online teaching.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate the purposes and principles of psychological assessment and testing
  2. Identify and articulate the knowledge of test construction processes and basic statistics to develop and validate a test of a psychological construct
  3. Apply knowledge of psychometric principles to evaluate the reliability, validity and other relevant features of psychological assessment processes and tests
  4. Locate and use professional standards, ethical codes and sources of information relevant to developers and users of psychological assessments and tests.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
3 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment