Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Georgia Lowndes and Dr Rene Stolwyk


Students will be introduced to general principles of psychological assessment across the lifespan, including ethical and cultural issues, reliability and validity, sensitivity and specificity, error types and bias prevention, statistical and clinical significance, and the effect of base rates. They will learn how to apply behavioural assessment techniques. They will be exposed to a range of tests and scales assessing important aspects of cognitive and emotional functioning and they will learn the background theory of these measures, as well as how to administer, score and interpret them. They will learn how to integrate and interpret psychological assessment results and communicate this information in both written and oral form.


On completion of this unit students should:

  1. Understand the principles of psychological measurement and their application;
  2. Have become proficient in the administration, scoring and interpretation of some of the most commonly used psychological tests; and
  3. Show competency in evaluating psychometric instruments for research purposes and in screening referrals for psychometric assessment, selecting appropriate tests, integrating results and providing oral and written communication of results to interested parties.


Satisfactory attendance and participation are required to pass the unit.
Take home exercise A (5%)
Take home exercise B (15%)
WAIS-IV & WMS-IV Administration (Hurdle)
WAIS-IV Examination (20%)
Oral Presentation (20%)
Psychological report (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Rene Stolwyk