Adv Psychological Assessment & Diagnosis

Subject PSYC90011 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated Total Time Commitment: 54 hours
  • PSYC00029 Graduate Research Methods
  • PSYC00030 Psychological Assessment across the Lifespan
  • PSYC00031 Introduction to Psychopathology
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Completion of psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr John Gleeson


Associate Professor John Gleeson
Subject Overview:

This subject covers a range of advanced issues in psychological testing in professional settings, and may include: the principles of diagnostic decision making and the logic of clinical inference-making; widely used clinical tests of ability and personality; test administration and interpretation; the integration of material derived from the patient history with the mental state examination and other sources to arrive at a case formulation.


This subject aims to:

  1. To equip students with a knowledge of psychological assessment for the proficient use of psychological tests;
  2. To provide an understanding of primary techniques in the assessment of adult ability and personality and their application to a broad range of clinical psychological problems;
  3. To develop skills in integrating patient history with mental state examination and material derived fromother sources (eg informants and formal assessment);
  4. To provide students with a basic understanding of the role of psychological assessment in the development of a case formulation and for guiding and refining treatment plans.

A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (80%)

A mid-semester practicum assignment (DVD) of component skills for psychological assessment (20%).

Prescribed Texts: None. A series of readings will be provided.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  1. Advanced information interpretation skills
  2. Advanced analytic, integration and problem solving skills
Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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