PSYC21002 - Advanced Clinical Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is intended to provide you with advanced 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 assessment research, theory and practice of more complex psychological pathology and presentations. This will include specific focus on more advanced cognitive assessment techniques, including neuropsychological screening and assessment. You will build knowledge and skills specific to culturally-responsive reflective practice approaches in complex psychological assessment, which will be integrated throughout the teaching, learning and assessment within this unit.


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

For students enrolled in CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology, the units PSYC21001 Assessment 1 and PSYC21008 Clinical Practice 2 are prerequisites.

For students enrolled in CM49 Master of Clinical Psychology Advanced Entry), the unit PSYC21008 Clinical Practice 2 is a prerequisite.

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 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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. Written Assessment 45%
2. Presentation 35%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 60.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 41.67% 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' Student Evaluation.
Students reported that the multiple choice quizzes was not a valid Assessment Task for a Post-Graduate Unit.
Quizzes related to the neuropsychological assessment task are to be reviewed to ensure closer alignment to the unit learning outcomes and expected volume of knowledge for an AQF9 Unit.
Action Taken
Reviewed quizzes to ensure that they meet students' learning needs.
Source: 'Have Your Say' Student Evaluation.
Students reported a lack of clarity regarding the structure of Assessment Task 2 (written assessment).
Review the current marking criteria and update this to a new rubric with greater clarity and expectations for this Assessment Task.
Action Taken
Updated Assessment Task 2 marking rubric to ensure the requirements were more clear.
Source: 'Have Your Say' Student Evaluation.
Students suggested for lecture material to be pre-recorded for students to refer back to throughout the term.
Review unit content and create resources to enhance efficiency (e.g., recorded lectures) and support case-based learning with scheduled in-person lectures.
Action Taken
Case-based learning was incorporated into lectures.
Source: 'Have Your Say' Student Evaluation.
Students reported that some elements of the written assessment task did not align with their learning and stage of professional development.
Assessment Task 2 to be reviewed to ensure closer alignment with students' stage of professional development, internal clinical placement expected volume of knowledge for an AQF9 Unit.
Action Taken
Assessment Task 2 was reviewed to ensure alignment with students' stage of professional development, internal clinical placement expected volume of knowledge for an AQF9 unit.
Source: SUTE unit comments
Quizzes should have more weight on the overall grade for the unit.
Review the weighting of this Assessment Task to consider whether the quizzes could have more weight.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE unit comments
Quizzes were too broad and attempted to cover a lot of information. The Quiz should not be comprehension test but a test for understanding of content.
Review the content of the quiz questions to ensure they directly assess the Learning Outcomes.
Action Taken
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 the selection and implementation of psychological tests, within the context of complex psychological assessment
  2. Justify and communicate evidence-based integration of advanced assessment techniques in oral and written format
  3. Demonstrate working knowledge of brain functions as they relate to neurological dysfunctions within the context of clinical psychology assessments.

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 PSYC21002 Learning Outcomes align with the 2019 Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation guidelines for Level 4 Graduate Competencies specific to assessment in clinical psychology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
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
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