PSY404 Psychological Assessment (8)


Psychological Assessment requires an understanding of a broad range of concepts, including psychometric theory, statistical concepts, principles underlying assessment in general as well as specific tests, strengths and weaknesses of tests, and issues in the area of psychological assessment. This course will familiarise the student with these concepts, using both theoretical presentations and practical experience in administering selected psychometric instruments.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Distance*Bathurst Campus
Session 2
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY404
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Enrolment restrictions

Only available to fourth year Psychology students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to carry out basic psychological assessments
- be able to present and define components of the psychological assessment process
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations and issues pertinent to psychological testing
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundation as well as the applied skills in the following areas: clinical interpretation of tests, identification of psychological conditions, the use of tests within the assessment process, application of assessment results in psychological reports
- be able to make informed choices about the particular method to be used in psychological assessments


The subject will cover the following topics:
- An introduction to assessment which will examine the basic theoretical foundations and practical skills necessary to start performing supervised psychological assessments. - The principles of psychological measurement and the theory of test construction and interpretation (e.g., norms, reliability, validity, criterion keying, item analysis, theoretical foundations of test interpretation methods) - The assessment of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, attitude, personality and specific cognitive abilities in both children and adults. - The use of tests and test results within the psychological assessment process. - The strengths and weaknesses of psychological tests, their use in cross-cultural testing, and ethical issues pertinent to psychological testing and assessment

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. This is a revised subject document. No change is proposed to the duration of the residential school that is already a component of this subject.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.