PSYC14048 - Advanced Psychological Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online

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) 15%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Test 45%

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: Unit Coordinator and student feedback.
Feedback
Ensure up-to-date, Australian-focussed resources.
Recommendation
The new 2018 edition of one of the textbooks should be listed for the 2019 offerings of the unit. No appropriate Australian textbook has been identified, so it is recommended that lectures and additional resources continue to provide an Australian perspective.
Action Taken
Lectures, tutorials and resources that were provided were drawn largely from the Australian context. The minor differences in clinical practice between US context and the Australian context were highlighted in the tutorials.
Source: Unit Coordinator and student feedback.
Feedback
Following a number of revisions over the past few years from a number of teaching staff, the unit could benefit from a full refresh and review.
Recommendation
This unit will be reviewed and refreshed in 2019.
Action Taken
Additional resources have been added where appropriate and there is a plan to record live lectures in the latter half of T3 2019.
Source: "Have your say student feedback"
Feedback
Request to increase the structure of the tutorials by using a clear "agenda".
Recommendation
The plan for each tutorial will be outlined at the beginning of the tutorials for T3 2019 with summary of the key points/ concepts from the tutorial summarised on the Moodle site after the tutorial.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say student feedback"
Feedback
Request to have unit assessment requirements made clearer with expectations for assessment pieces and exam made clearer.
Recommendation
The plan for each tutorial will be outlined at the commencement of each tutorial - this plan should contain an item that has the aim of explaining how the current content that is being learned will be assessed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say student feedback"
Feedback
Request to have live lectures in addition to the pre-recorded lectures.
Recommendation
The teaching team should review addition of live lectures.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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
2 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Test