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Principles of Psychological Assessment (PSYC90030)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90030
Semester 1
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This subject introduces students who are studying clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology at the graduate level to the principles and practice of psychological and neuropsychological assessment, covering childhood and adulthood. Current trends in the theoretical understanding of personality, psychopathology and cognitive ability will provide the conceptual basis assessment practice. It will be shown that psychological and neuropsychological assessment is best understood to include all aspects of the clinical encounter which lead to diagnostic case formulation. In particular, the subject content will address the application of techniques derived from psychological science to enhance correct classification of psychological conditions.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Be familiar with a variety of assessment techniques useful for the evaluation of psychological conditions in children and adults with an emphasis on cognitive ability assessment and be able to describe the theoretical context in which these assessment techniques are located;
  • Understand the principal criteria practicing psychologists use to evaluate the quality of psychological data, as they relate to the clinical assessment of individuals.


On completion of this subject students should be able to: 

  • Illustrate how criteria for evaluation of psychological test reliability and validity can be used to enhance the accuracy of psychological classification decisions

 Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Illustrate the techniques for life-long earning related to the evaluation of the validity of psychological opinions. 

Generic skills

Written,oral and interpersonal communication skills
Analytic, information integration and synthesizing skills
Ability to evaluate the quality of data against formal criteria

Last updated: 24 August 2019