Course Title: Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1433

City 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 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1434

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

BESC1435

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

BESC1436

City 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 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Susana Gavidia-Payne

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7710

Course Coordinator Email: susana.gavidia-payne@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.14A


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC 1187/1189/1190/1375 Biological Psychology
  • BESC 1181/1182/1179/1374 Developmental Psychology
  • BESC 1175/1177/1178/1176 Cognitive Psychology
  • BESC 1183/1185/1186/1372 Social Psychology
  • BESC 1450/1451/1449/1452 Research Methods 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 purpose of the course is twofold: firstly, to introduce students to a range of assessment procedures and a number of ethical and professional issues surrounding psychological assessment and secondly, to examine a variety of contrasting theoretical models underlying individual differences. Through lectures, demonstrations, small-group discussions, experiential activities, readings and writing of position papers, students are encouraged to relate the individual difference concepts to their own view of individual difference; consider the implications for their own development; select and evaluate assessment instruments by applying their knowledge of psychometric theory; and demonstrate an understanding of a range of ethical and professional issues related to psychological assessment.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • 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 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • 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 completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the features of a variety of assessment procedures: interview, direct observations, criterion referenced and standardised norm-referenced tests
  2. Identify and discuss a range of ethical and professional issues related to the assessment of individuals.
  3. Select and evaluate assessment instruments by applying your knowledge of psychometric theory.
  4. Review possible means of assessing intelligence.
  5. Critically evaluate the major theories of individual difference: dispositional, psychoanalytic, phenomenological, and cognitive-behavioural.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be required to attend lectures and tutorials. These sessions will be delivered using a variety of techniques and you can therefore expect multimedia delivery strategies that will include video, overhead presentations, demonstrations, lectures and small group discussions. You will be required to contribute to these sessions in the form of role-play, discussion, critical appraisal, class presentations and problem solving.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements. It will take the form of a creative project and presentation and a laboratory report. You will engage in a variety of practical tasks involving individual differences and their assessment. Your final summative assessment will be in the form of an examination.

These assessments may include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours:  72 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen will be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

 

Early Assessment Task: Creative Project and Presentation

Weighting 20%

Students are to create some type of work – a piece of writing, a drawing, a musical composition, a sculpture, a photograph, a scientific work, an innovation in sports etc. The purpose of the exercise is to create a state of consciousness that takes students out of their normal everyday mode of thinking and perceiving

This assessment task supports CLO 5. 

Assessment Task 2: Lab Report

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 5.  

Assessment Task 3: Exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5.

Note: Postgraduates are expected to demonstrate advanced conceptual knowledge and application in written responses as specified in assessment rubrics.