PSYC21001 - Assessment 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is part of the sequence of units that culminates in the degree of Master in Clinical Psychology. This unit is intended to provide basic knowledge in assessment research, theory and practice necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist. Specifically this unit provides theory and practice of in clinical assessment selection and implementation and interpretation.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CG17

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Term 1 - 2019 Profile

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. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 50%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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: Student feedback
Demonstration of tests requested
Recommend that psychometric tests be demonstrated more systematically during lectures.
Action Taken
Class sessions conducted in Term 1 2018 included demonstration of administration of specific tests and students were encouraged to practice these amongst themselves in between class times and bring questions to class.
Source: Student feedback.
Previous year's student feedback showed students wanted more in-class demonstrations of administration of psychological tests.
The teaching format was modified this year to combine didactic presentations with test administration demonstrations and practice. Recommend retaining this mixed format of class, with didactic presentations combined with test administration demonstrations and practice.
Action Taken
Source: Informal student feedback
Assessment tasks could be more reflective of actual practice of clinical psychology, for example, sequential tasks of administering a test, scoring the test and interpreting the test data, then writing a report on the test would be good preparation for clinical practice.
Update assessment tasks to be sequential. Tasks should involve administering a test (e.g. WISC or WAIS), scoring the test and interpreting the test data, then writing a report on the test. Recommend replacing the final exam with an assignment to write a psychological assessment report.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate and demonstrate theoretical, research and practice-based processes underpinning psychological assessment and its techniques.
  2. Explain rationale for and demonstration of test selection, administration and interpretation.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the major diagnostic classification systems in psychological assessment.
  4. Interpret functional and assessment information in order to produce evidence-based formulations and client-friendly recommendations.
  5. Compose informed, succinct, valid and well organised psychological reports that include formulations, and both normative and ipsative recommendations.
  6. Critically reflect on practice as a way of informing and improving as a learner and as a clinical psychologist.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination