Course Title: Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychological Assessment and Individual Differences

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

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

BESC1433

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

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: Dr Christopher Powell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7710

Course Coordinator Email: chris.powell@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.010


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

The course has two purposes: (1) to compare and contrast different theoretical models of individual differences, and (2) to introduce students to a range of assessment procedures, ethical issues, and professional issues related to psychological assessment. Through lectures, small-group discussions, readings, and writing essays and reports, students are encouraged to: evaluate their own perspectives on individual differences in terms of established concepts; consider the implications of these concepts 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 BP154 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 successful 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

Engagement with lecture and tutorial material will be essential to meeting course objectives and fulfilling assessment tasks. Lectures and tutorials can be taken either face-to-face or online, and will be delivered in a variety of formats. You will contribute to these sessions through discussion, critical appraisal, class presentations, and problem solving.

There will be three assessment tasks. An initial formative assessment will be a short critical essay. Feedback on this task will assist with subsequent tasks. This will be followed by two summative assessments: a literature review, and an examination. These assessments may include use of online technology, and require students to demonstrate critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

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 provided in digital form or weblinks. Lecture material will be delivered face-to-face or via the University’s lecture recording systems. 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 1: Short critical essay

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Literature review

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Exam

Weighting 20%

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