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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 is a core coursework unit for students in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of psychological assessment.

Unit description

This unit will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of psychological assessment appropriate to a range of settings. Beginning with history and development of psychological assessment and test theory, the unit will examine theoretical and methodological issues in the measurement of intelligence, along with personality assessment focusing on self-report and projective personality measures. Tests of special abilities are also considered, along with measures developed for organisational settings. Through practical work, students will develop an understanding of the way in which psychologists use the outcomes of psychological assessments.

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
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the strengths and limitations of psychological assessment
  • Evaluate the usefulness of psychological tests in light of descriptions of their development and the methods used to assess validity and reliability
  • Demonstrate a critical familiarity with some commonly used psychological assessment tests and procedures for the areas of intelligence, aptitudes, personality and in organisational settings
  • Apply 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 measurement and assessment
  • Properties of assessment
  • Reliability and Validity
  • Psychometrics and Intelligence
  • Intelligence and the Flynn Effect
  • Achievement and Special Ability Assessment
  • Personality Part I: Self-report and Introspection
  • Personality Part II: Projective and Behavioural Assessment
  • Organisational Assessment
  • Clinical and Neuropsychological Assessment

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly three hour lectures and 9 weekly one 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 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 again at the beginning of trimester.

 **you must have completed PSYC2012 or enrol into <a href="current-students/course-guides/module-and-unit-descriptions/bachelor-level- units/psyc2012-psychology-an-e