PSYCH581-21A (HAM)

Psychological Assessment

15 Points

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School of Psychology


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Paper Description

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The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge base required to conduct psychological assessment and evaluate psychometric measures. The course builds on the knowledge of the principles of psychometrics covered in the third year course on psychological measurement (PSYC337). The content will include coverage of administration, evaluation, scoring and interpretation of psychometric instruments and behavioural assessment. The overall aim is to help you understand how you might go about assessing behaviour and to help provide a framework within which you can understand, study and work practically with measurement.
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Paper Structure

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The course will be based predominantly around workshops to enable you to gain the practical skills required in administering, scoring and interpreting psychological tests. These will be supplemented by introductory lectures to each new area of assessment.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • conduct psychological assessment and evaluate psychometric measures.
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The assessment for this course consists of four parts. Completion of the WAIS-IV administration task is compulsory otherwise you will receive an IC grade for this course.

You may need to complete some test administrations out of class time. When you are required to practise administering tests – use yourself or, when it has to be ‘administered’, another class member.

When doing this you (or they) should pretend to be someone else and fill the test in from this perspective.

Help with the practical work on any topic will be available only to those who attended the relevant sessions. If you are unable to attend due to illness or other problems then please let us know through Moodle as close to the time as you can. Where there are valid reasons for non-attendance we will provide help if needed.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Administration of WAIS subtests
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. WAIS Report
12 Apr 2021
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. In Class Test
2 Jun 2021
2:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
4. Personality assignment
14 Jun 2021
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Gary Groth-Marnat (2016) Handbook of Psychological Assessment, 6th Edition. (the 5th version from 2009 is also fine)

Much of the material is covered in this book by Groth –Marnat, which is available (electronic copy) from the library catalogue.

There are plenty of other books in the library that contain information on psychological testing and assessment and these will also be useful. Some of these will be mentioned in class, and are on course reserve.

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Recommended Readings

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Additional readings will be included in the relevant lecture / practical session.
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Other Resources

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For some assignments you will find the following books (on course reserve) useful:

Lezak, M., et al. (2012). Neuropsychological assessment. 5th Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Strauss, E., Sherman, E.M.S., & Spreen, O. (2006). Compendium of neuropsychological tests: administration, norms, and commentary. New York: Oxford University Press

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Online Support

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Please use Moodle to get into contact with us. Feel free to use this to make appointments, ask questions, or seek information about the course or course material. There is a private folder on Moodle for each of you to use for private contacts. Any course related announcements will be made via the News Forum on Moodle.

A communication space for students studying psychology.

Graduate Virtual Common Room
The Graduate Virtual Common Room has been designed to help you locate the resources you are likely to need as a graduate student, to find out what is happening in the School and to network with other graduate students.

Other information of importance to all students which can be accessed on the School of Psychology website at

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The minimum amount of work expected of a student in a 15 point graduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 10 hours per week, including class contact time over the 15 weeks of teaching time. These figures are only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
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Prerequisite papers: PSYC307 or PSYCH307 and PSYC337 or PSYCH337




Restricted papers: PSYC581

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