PSYC20057 - Assessment: Adult

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with the opportunity to become familiar with a number of psychometric tools that will enable description, conceptualisation, and prediction of relevant aspects of a person's functioning, behaviour, and personality. You will learn to perform a number of appropriate standardised psychological tests across a diverse range of client groups and contexts, including the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (4th ed.) and Personality Assessment Inventory. This unit will focus on psychological tests suitable for adults, and opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration, critical analysis, and ethical decision making will be provided. This unit also includes a compulsory residential school.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
2. Written Assessment 0%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Written Assessment 0%
5. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 40.00% response rate.

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: Have Your Say Feedback
Students felt that the vast range of topics covered to explore adult psychological assessment were identified as a strength of the unit.
The content of the unit will continue to focus on a range of topics within the field of adult assessment.
Action Taken
A range of topics was offered to students, to explore and expand their knowledge of adult assessment.
Source: Have your Say Feedback
Students asked for a residential school, to enhance their practical experience with the assessments.
in 2022, the return of the residential school allows for more practical experience with the assessments to enhance students' learning experiences.
Action Taken
The return of the residential school allowed students to practice their knowledge and skills in a classroom setting in front of their peers.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Students recommended more practical work with the assessments and screeners that are taught.
The unit coordinator will increase the focus on practical work with Q-interactive, the online program that includes many of the assessment tools.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Students enjoyed the "characters", i.e. case studies, that were used in this unit.
Case studies will be expanded to further showcase the variety of cases and clients therapists work with.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret psychological assessment results and synthesise with cognitive and practical understanding of psychological assessment and formulation across diverse contexts for adults.
  2. Communicate high level, independent judgements related to test choice and interpretation, and formulation targeting adults.
  3. Apply knowledge related to the administration and scoring of adult psychological assessments.
  4. Communicate effectively with a range of client, specialist, and nonspecialist audiences.

Learning outcomes are drawn from specifications for study at level 9 as indicated by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), program of study criteria as stated by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsychBA), and the following core competencies stated by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC):

  • 3.2 Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways,
  • 3.4 Perform appropriate standardised psychological testing, as part of broader assessment, to assess and interpret aspects of functioning,
  • 3.5 Identify psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy,
  • 3.6 Conduct professional interviews and assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions, including management of risk, and
  • 3.8 Interpret and communicate findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language (APAC, 2019, p.13-14).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8