6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited major sequence in psychology
Enrolment in 3242, 3243, 3509, D5002
This unit provides students with a theoretical overview of individual differences and how these may be assessed. It includes the theoretical background to the development of classes of tests, detailed examination of a range of models of human ability and other individual difference issues. The different approaches to the design and construction of personality assessment tools are addressed, and test evaluation methods and a review of recent trends in test development theory are covered. The unit also covers the administration, scoring and interpretation of a range of psychological tests and classification tools.
Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
- demonstrate sound knowledge of the theoretical and historical bases of test development, particularly in relation to measures of ability and personality
- decide on the appropriate assessment procedures necessary to undertake specific psychological classification
- summarise the findings of psychological assessments in the form of a professional report
- appreciate the limitations of psychological assessment tools and how they can be misused.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Weekly online quizzes (400 words equivalent, 10%)
Psychological report (2500 words, 50%)
Examination (2 hours, 1100 words equivalent, 40%)
Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:
- Contact hours for on-campus students:
- 2-hour lecture per week
- Additional requirements
- 10 hours of independent study per week
See also Unit timetable information