- Code PSYC8413
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Psychology
- Academic career PGRD
- Conal Monaghan
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course will provide you with knowledge of the theory and principles of major forms of psychological assessment (including standardised psychometric tests) and relevant cultural, developmental and ethical considerations.
There will be practical components in which you will learn and practice interpersonal communication and interview skills and plan, conduct, interpret and report basic psychological assessments, including an introduction to risk assessment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply their understanding of psychometric assessment principles and tests in settings relevant to professional practice.
- Explain cultural, social, developmental and ethical considerations in basic psychological assessments.
- Plan, implement and report basic psychological assessments.
- Demonstrate appropriate communication skills suitable for a professional environment.
This course is assessed on a Course Requirement Satisfied (CRS) or Fail basis.
- Assessment video (hurdle) (50) [LO 2,3,4]
- Assessment report (hurdle) (50) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 hours of face-to-face activities including lectures and/or workshops per week.
- Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
In this course, students must participate in role-plays that simulate interactions between a psychologist and client as well as other in class activities such as analysis of case studies, discussion of relevant research and presenting their ideas to peers. These activities support the development and assessment of core professional competencies. Developing these competencies requires students to be able to:
- Communicate effectively in English, including understanding and conveying nuance and adapting their communication style to suit the preferences and needs of others.
- Use cues other than the literal meaning of spoken words to interpret the thoughts, emotions and motivations of others.
- Reflect on how their verbal and non-verbal communication is interpreted by others and use these insights to develop positive professional relationships.
- Monitor, reflect on and take responsibility for their own mental wellbeing, assumptions, beliefs and reactions to ensure they have the capacity to provide effective psychology services to clients.
- Work professionally with staff and fellow students and learn effectively from supervisor feedback.
Students who cannot meet these requirements will not be able to pass the course and will therefore be unable to complete their degree.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Zuckerman, E. L. (2019). Clinician's thesaurus: The guide to conducting interviews and writing psychological reports. Guilford Publications.
Assumed KnowledgeAPAC accredited tertiary studies
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