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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the application of psychological assessment in various clinical and non-clinical contexts across the lifespan. A brief review of psychometric principles, including those related to reliability and validity, is covered. The unit includes a combination of theoretical presentations and practical experience in evaluating and administering psychometric instruments, as well as interpreting their scores. Commonly used psychological tests and interviewing techniques will be studied with respect to their theoretical basis, construction, reliability, validity, and normative samples. Cross-cultural considerations in the application of psychological tests will also be studied and examined critically, in addition to the ethical issues pertinent to psychological assessment.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify and describe a science-informed approach to obtaining and integrating relevant assessment information for an individual; (2) describe limitations associated with various approaches to psychological assessment; (3) interpret commonly used psychological test scores accurately; (4) produce a psychological assessment report based on test scores and qualitative considerations; (5) demonstrate successful interpersonal skills and interviewing techniques in situations appropriate to psychological practice and research; (6) describe the nature of reliability and validity, as well its importance in the context of psychological assessment; and (7) reflexively examine and integrate implications of assessment when working with people from diverse cultures, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) role play interview; (2) case report; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Guy Curtis
Unit rules
Enrolment in
HON-PSYCH Psychology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
Small group seminars: Four weeks, 2-hours each
Student are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They are required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations) so it is important that students carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.