Course Title: Psychological Assessment and Intervention

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychological Assessment and Intervention

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1421

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1421

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

BESC1422

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Sophia Xenos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1081

Course Coordinator Email: sophia.xenos@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.011


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with an Australian Psychological Society approved 3 year major sequence in Psychology, for example Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) or Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
                                           OR
an undergraduate degree and the  Australian Psychological Society approved major sequence in Psychology.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

The Psychological Assessment and Intervention course extends your knowledge of the psychometric properties of frequently used psychological assessments, and evaluates them with regard to their utility in informing intervention strategies. Attention is also paid to the development of skills needed to correctly administer, interpret, and report such assessments. The course provides a further focus on the concepts and procedures of empirically supported cognitive-behaviour change.  You will address underlying theory, therapy activities, and empirical evidence of effectiveness.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH000 Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours):

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.


On  successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the psychometric properties of frequently used    psychological and intellectual assessments
  2. Describe the concepts and procedures involved in psychological assessment and diagnosis.
  3. Evaluate the theories, assessments, and empirical treatment literature for a range of psychological conditions.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities require your attendance at a two hour lecture per week. In these lectures you will acquire a framework of relevant knowledge and an understanding of underlying theoretical and conceptual material for both the assessment and intervention of a range of psychological disorders. There will also be class demonstrations involving assessment and intervention instruments. These demonstrations will enable your early development of the skills necessary to evaluate and administer a range of psychological tests from a range of therapeutic modalities. There will also be written assessments, in which you will be involved in discussion on learning to select, score, and interpret appropriate assessment instruments for a range of psychopathology. As part of the learning process and after being provided with frameworks through lectures, students will acquire a deeper and broader understanding of the course by engaging in a program of prescribed reading, both text and hub based.

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 48 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed weekly readings will be available from myRMIT course website.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Early Assessment Task: Psychological Report #1

Weighting 25%

Due: Week 5

This assessment task supports CLO 1 & 2.  

Students will be presented with a simulated testing outcome from a child who might present for assessment. They will be required to provide a summary of the findings, comment on the client’s profile in relation to the referral question, and provide recommendations for further assessment. This report is due in Week 5, and contributes 25% of the total mark for this course. The testing outcome and marking guide will be made available from the MyRMITStudies site under Assignments

 

Assessment Task 2: Psychological Report #2

Weighting 25%

Due:  Week 11

This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 2. 

Students will be presented with a case study of an adult or child who might present for assessment. They will be required to identify and justify the assessments they would use, what other information beyond formal assessments they would obtain and from whom, and which professionals they might involve. This report is due in Week 11, and contributes 25% of the total mark for this course. The case study and marking guide will be made available from the MyRMITStudies site under Assignments.

 

Assessment Task 3: 2 hour Exam
Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3. 

DUE DATE: The exam will be held during the examination period and contributes 50% of the total mark for this course.