PSYC3032 Psychological Measurement and Assessment

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


3rd year

Credit points:

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit provides an overview of key areas of psychological assessment. The course is structured around five inter-connected themes. In the first of these, we will introduce the underlying concepts of psychological assessment, which will include a consideration of the historical, cultural, and legal issues underlying assessment. The second theme considers the science of assessment in depth, and includes discussion of the major methodological and statistical issues in assessment. The third theme will focus on the assessment of intelligence, which is a central exercise for psychologists. This will be followed by a consideration of the assessment of personality. Finally, we will consider some of the applications of assessment by considering clinical and counselling assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and the use of assessment in business contexts.

Unit description

In this unit, students will gain experience in the design and conduct of psychological research, the analysis of data using a computer-based statistical package, and the writing of research reports. The unit provides an introduction to research design and ethical issues in psychological research. It also covers the statistical procedures for t-tests, correlation, and non-parametric tests. This unit complements PSYC1022 and PSYC1032, and together they provide an overview of contemporary thinking in theory and method in the discipline of psychology.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of test theory and the concepts of validity, reliability and
    their various forms

  • Articulate the strengths and limitations of psychological assessment

  • Assess the usefulness of psychological tests in light of descriptions of their development and the methods used to assess validity and reliability

  • Demonstrate a familiarity of some commonly used psychological assessment tests and procedures for the areas of intelligence, aptitudes, personality and in organisational settings

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues associated with psychological measurement and assessment and the ways in which professional standards have been developed to manage the training and execution of ethical practice.

Unit Content

  • Introduction to Assessment, including historical and ethical issues

  • The science of assessment
  • Reliability and validity
  • Utility and test development
  • Intelligence and intelligence tests
  • Personality Assessment
  • Applications of assessment: Clinical, counselling and neuropsychological assessment
  • Applications of assessment: Corporate

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly 2.5 hour lectures and 9 weekly 1 hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.

Assessment Summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space.

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the School of Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.