Adv Psychological Assessment & Diagnosis

Subject PSYC90011 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks plus attendance at one 6-hour clinical workshop
Total Time Commitment:

54 hours


The following is a prerequisite:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects:


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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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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Subject Overview:

This subject covers a range of advanced issues in psychological interviewing and 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 symptoms 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 psychopathology 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 standardized 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%)

A hurdle requirement of attendance at one 6-hour clinical training workshop on personality assessment.

Prescribed Texts:

DSM-IV TR (APA, 2000)


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Advanced information interpretation skills

Advanced analytic, integration and problem solving skills

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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