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Course Overview

Psychological assessment is used by chartered psychologists in a number of areas, including clinical, occupational and forensic applications.  The aim of this course is to introduce students to psychometric theory, real life applications of psychological assessment and the legal and ethical issues surrounding test administration.

Topics covered on this lecture based course include: IQ and mood assessment; clinical neuropsychological tests of cognitive dysfunction and memory; assessment of dementia and forensic aspects of assessment (legal malingering).

An ideal course for students intending to secure a career in applied psychology.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Louise Phillips

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course will outline and evaluate various methods of psychological assessment and the application of psychological tests and will provide students with an understanding of psychometric theory. The course includes some historical background to developments in psychological assessment, considers applications of psychological assessment in a wide range of settings, and includes discussion of legal and ethical issues surrounding test administration and interpretation.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Behavioural Studies
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with French
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with Gaelic
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with German
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with French
  • BSc Psychology with Gaelic
  • MA Behavioural Studies
  • MA Behavioural Studies - Philosophy
  • MA Behavioural Studies with French
  • MA Behavioural Studies with Gaelic Studies
  • MA Behavioural Studies-Business Management
  • MA Behavioural Studies-Sociology
  • MA Psychology
  • Master Of Arts In Psychology With Counselling Skills
  • Psychology Joint
  • Psychology Major

Contact Teaching Time

21 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One 90 minute written examination (75%), in-course written assignment of no more than 2,000 words (20%), activities during tutorials (5%).

Resit: One 90 minute written examination (75%), in-course written assignment of no more than 2,000 words (20%), activities during tutorials (5%).

Formative Assessment

Feedback on tutorial activities and on written assignments. Example exam questions in lectures.


Feedback on tutorial activities by the supervising tutor. Written feedback on written assignment within 3 weeks after assignment has been handed in.

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