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 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 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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
Feedback
Content, structure and style of teaching of the unit is engaging and supportive of student learning.
Recommendation
Retain structure and content of the unit, with due consideration for adjustments made to the original planned structure in the face of COVID-19. Continue to adopt a similar teaching style and approach for this unit as student feedback indicates this was supportive of a positive learning experience.
Action Taken
The structure and schedule returned to in-person lectures in 2021. There were some minor changes to the lecture schedule and content to accommodate this.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The teaching and learning of technology enhanced psychometric assessment testing via the use of Q-Interactive was considered a valuable additional skill.
Recommendation
Embed the use of technology-enhanced (e.g. Q-Interactive) and online modalities of psychometric assessment into the unit content.
Action Taken
A lecture and practical demonstration were conducted to support student's knowledge and efficacy using technology assisted assessments.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some of the Moodle site navigation was confusing, particularly when content was changed mid-term due to COVID-19 impacts.
Recommendation
Ensure that the Moodle site for PSYC21001 T1 2021 is updated to optimise student engagement and navigation.
Action Taken
The Moodle site for PSYC21001 was ready for students by week 1 of HT1 2021.
Source: Collated student feedback.
Feedback
Students reported that some elements of the written Assessment Task did not align with their learning and stage of professional development.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will modify the types of tests selected for the relevant Assessment Task, to be aligned with students' stage of professional development and with the internal clinical placement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Collated student feedback.
Feedback
Students reported that some elements of the Reflective Log Assessment Task did not appear to align with unit content.
Recommendation
The teaching team will review this Assessment Task.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Collated student feedback.
Feedback
Students stated that they would like more practical demonstration of scoring and assessment as they found this useful to support their learning.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will incorporate more demonstration and practice of administration, scoring and interpretation of tests during scheduled lecture time.
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 8
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
4 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books