PSYC21001 - Assessment 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton

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

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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Previous Feedback

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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: Student feedback.
Feedback
Previous year's student feedback showed students wanted more in-class demonstrations of administration of psychological tests.
Recommendation
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
This approach was retained for 2019
Source: Informal student feedback
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.
Recommendation
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
A sequential approach was applied to assessment tasks in 2019. Replacing the final exam with another task was not possible as this would require a formal change to the unit profile, for which the deadline was not met in order to implement the change in 2019; however, the final exam was in the format of a psychological report as requested.
Source: Collated student feedback
Feedback
The unit is content heavy and method of delivery in lectures did not accommodate individual learning styles of students
Recommendation
The learning from this unit heavily informs real-world practical application of standardised psychological testing. It is therefore imperative that a strong knowledge foundation is gained to support practice competency. However, it is recommended that flexible mode of teaching be considered to better support student engagement with required content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Collated student feedback and informal discussion
Feedback
More practical demonstration of scoring and assessment administration
Recommendation
Additional practical demonstration cannot be included in class time as this would reduce the number of psychological assessment tests that are covered in this unit. Recommend developing additional resources, e.g. pre-recorded administrations for students to view in their own time.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Collated student feedback
Feedback
Assessment pieces were well integrated and feedback on assessments was useful and facilitated demonstrable improvement
Recommendation
Retain assessment structure and process. Continue to provide formative feedback on assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback and informal discussion
Feedback
Request for clearer understanding of how the unit links to requirements of Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation
Recommendation
Recommend unit profile contains clear guidance of how the unit learning outcomes link to the associated course learning outcome and the specific Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation standards that most directly link to the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Psychology and Public Health Course Committee
Feedback
Identify that all unit profiles have been updated for 2020 to reflect the new accreditation guidelines
Recommendation
This unit has been updated for 2020 to reflect the new Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation guidelines.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
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 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books