Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kate Jacobs


The unit will provide students with a theoretical overview of individual differences and how these may be assessed. The course of study will include 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 will also be addressed. Test evaluation methods and a review of recent trends in test development theory will also be covered. The unit will also cover the administration, scoring and interpretation of a range of psychological tests and classification tools.


On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the theoretical and historical basis of test development, particularly in relation to measures of ability and personality;
  2. Be able to decide on the appropriate assessment procedures necessary to undertake specific psychological classification;
  3. Possess the basic skills necessary to summarise the findings of psychological assessments in the form of a professional report;
  4. Appreciate the limitations of psychological assessment tools and how they can be misused.


Weekly online quizzes (400 words equivalent): 10%, Psychological report (3000 words): 65%, and Exam (600 words equivalent): 25%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

12 Hours per week (One 2-hour lecture per week)


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) - accredited major sequence in psychology