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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 Aberdeen 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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Meeting during University weeks 9 - 13, 15 - 19
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 16, 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

60% Essay

10% Tutorial

30% Multiple Choice Questions

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of psychological assessment.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to critically evaluate the issues associated with using and interpreting psychometric tests.
ConceptualApplyStudents will understand the assessment issues in applying psychometrics to specific populations, e.g. older adults.
FactualUnderstandStudents will have a broad understanding of the principles of psychometric testing.

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