• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology

In this course, you will extend your theoretical knowledge and skills in psychological assessments.

The course has a strong applied emphasis and you will learn how to select, administer and interpret the results of major standardised tests. You will also acquire advanced skills in interviewing, assessment of risk and the use of taxonomies.

You will learn how to communicate assessment findings, synthesise information from multiple sources and develop formulations that are culturally, socially and developmentally appropriate and which inform intervention planning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of theory, research and ethical practice in psychological assessment and testing
  2. Reflect critically on psychological assessment, including cultural, social and developmental considerations
  3. Select, administer, score and interpret major standardised tests and assessment techniques commonly used in professional psychology
  4. Communicate findings appropriately in oral and written formats suitable for professional and service user audiences

Indicative Assessment

  1. Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 3x reflective assessments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Assessment of videoed simulated psychological assessment (50) [LO 3]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Weekly contact hours will comprise 3 hours of face-to-face activities including lectures and/or workshops. The workload is expected to be 130 hours, including study time, spread over the semester or session.

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

In order to enrol in this course you need to be active in the Master of Professional Psychology.

You will need to contact the Research School of Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

None specified

Assumed Knowledge

basic knowledge and skills in psychological assessment acquired in the 1st year of this program or its equivalent at another institution.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3671 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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