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PSYC5362 Psychological Measurement and Assessment Advanced

Graduate Diploma Unit


One trimester


Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science – AQF Level 8

Credit points:

6 (out of 54)



Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is a core coursework unit for students in the Graduate Diploma 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 to answer a specific question in a field of professional practice
  • Articulate the strengths and limitations of psychological assessment
  • Critically assess the usefulness of psychological tests in light of descriptions of their development and the methods used to assess key psychometric concepts
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of some commonly used psychological assessment tests and procedures for the areas of intelligence, aptitudes, personality and in organisational settings
  • Apply a critical 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
  • Demonstrate the ability to select specialised assessment methods to provide a solution to a specific question
  • Communicate understanding of key concepts to an audience of peers

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 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.

Study schedule

N.B. This unit is at a higher level than that taken by the Bachelor’s degree students, and therefore students will be expected to adopt a critical and evaluative position on the topics and be ready to engage with the tutor at an advanced level.

Assessment Summary

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

Recommended text(s)

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 full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Parallel teaching statement

This unit involves parallel teaching. In order to ensure the required coverage of psychology and meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Standards, students enrolled in this unit will attend the same lectures as undergraduate students enrolled in the second and third years of the psychology sequence. To ensure learning at the appropriate level, however, students enrolled in this unit will attend separate laboratory and/or tutorial sessions from the undergraduate students. These sessions, rather than focusing on reinforcing the learning of material presented in lectures, are designed to extend this learning in more depth and at an advanced level. This will involve students preparing for these sessions by reading more advanced material. Assessment tasks also differ from the parallel undergraduate unit to ensure students are able to demonstrate the higher level of learning that is required for successful completion of the unit.


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 on the online class space.