PSYC21001 - Assessment 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is part of the sequence of units that culminates in the degree of Master in Clinical Psychology. This unit is intended to provide basic knowledge in assessment research, theory and practice necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CG17

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Not enough practical learning of the psychometric assessment tools Student focus group Would be useful for lecturer to provide demonstrations of how to administer psychometric tests.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the theoretical, research and practice-based processes underpinning psychological assessment and its techniques.
  2. Explain and demonstrate test selection, administration, interpretation, write-up of psychological testing and its findings.
  3. Demonstrate proficient administration of a clinical interview and selected psychological assessment procedures, including the Wechsler intelligence test and a standardised personality/emotional and behavioural inventory.
  4. Demonstrate observational, mental status examination and functional assessment knowledge and skills.
  5. Demonstrate understanding and use of the major diagnostic classification systems in psychological assessment.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to put together assessment information in formulations and translate them to evidence-informed, client-friendly recommendations.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to write informed, succinct, valid and well-organised reports that include formulations and both normative and ipsative recommendations.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to write a psychological report and then provide therapeutic feedback to clients about findings.
  9. Demonstrate understanding and the ability to reflect on practice as a way of informing and improving as a learner and as a clinical psychologist.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Practical and Written Assessment      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Handbook of Psychological Assessment
Author/s: Gary Groth-Marnat Year: 2016
Edition: Sixth Publisher: Wiley
City: New Jersey
Country: USA
Clinical Interviewing
Author/s: Sommers-Flanagan and Sommers-Flanagan Year: 2014
Edition: Fifth Publisher: Wiley
City: New Jersey
Country: USA
Essentials of WISC-V Assessment
Author/s: Dawn P. Flanagan, Vincent C. Alfonso Year: 2017
Edition: 1 Publisher: Wiley
City: New Jersey
Country: USA
Essentials of WAIS-IV Assessment
Author/s: Elizabeth O. Lichtenberger, Alan S. Kaufman Year: 2012
Edition: 2 Publisher: Wiley
City: New Jersey
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Essentials of Assessment Report Writing
Author/s: Elizabeth O. Lichtenberger, Nancy Mather, Nadeen L. Kaufman and Alan S. Kaufman Year: 2004
Edition: 1 Publisher: Wiley
City: New Jersey
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

Other texts will also be useful; many of these are available in the Wellness Centre library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorStephanie Lawton (s.lawton2@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Overview of Assessment 1

Introduction to assessment

Selecting psychological tests

Groth-Marnat, Ch. 1-2

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Week 2 13-03-2017

Clinical interviewing

Groth-Marnat, Ch. 3 & 15

Sommers-Flanagan, Ch. 2 & 7

Lichtenberger & Mather, Ch. 3-4

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Week 3 20-03-2017

Concept of Intelligence

WISC-V Administration

Groth-Marnat, Ch. 5

Flanagan & Alfonso, Ch. 1, 2, & 5

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Assessment 1 given (24th March)

Week 4 27-03-2017

WISC-V Scoring

Flanagan & Alfonso, Ch. 3

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Week 5 03-04-2017

WISC-V Interpretation

Flanagan & Alfonso, Ch. 4 & 6

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Assessment 1 due (7th April)

The WISC-V - Administration, Scoring, and Reflection Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No teaching this week

Week 6 17-04-2017

CMS


Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Assessment 2 given (21st April)

Week 7 24-04-2017

WIAT


Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Week 8 01-05-2017

Interpretation

WISC/WIAT/CMS Interpretation

Putting it all together


Lichtenberger & Mather, Ch. 5, 6, & 8

Flanagan & Alfonso, Ch. 7

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Assessment 2 due (5th May)

WISC-V Interpretation & Formulation Due Friday (05 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

ADOS

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Week 10 15-05-2017

WAIS-IV

Lichtenberger & Kaufman, Ch. 6-8

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12pm Friday

Week 11 22-05-2017

WMS

Groth-Marnat, Ch. 6

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Week 12 29-05-2017

Wrap up

Lichtenberger & Kaufman, Ch. 9

Readings on Moodle

Lecture: 9am – 12noon Friday

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

No teaching this week

Exam case study given (9th June)

Exam Week 12-06-2017

No teaching this week

Exam (16th June)

Exam (Written Assessment) Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 09:00 AM AEST

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title The WISC-V - Administration, Scoring, and Reflection
Task Description

This assessment is designed to give students the opportunity to administer the WISC-V to a fellow student, score the WISC-V, and reflect on their strengths and areas of improvement in test administration.

This assessment is designed to assess the student’s ability to administer and score a standardised assessment tool that is commonly used in clinical practice. Accurate scoring of a standardised assessment tool such as the WISC-V is an integral skill for the Clinical Psychologist. Another objective is to help the student develop self-evaluation and reflective practice skills.

Between weeks 3 and 5 you will administer three subtests of the WISC-V to a fellow student. You will video record your administration and submit this as part of your assessment piece. Your recording should be no more than 30 minutes long.

Students will be provided with the subtests they are to administer and students who are the ‘testees’ will be given instructions on how to respond to items. Students will score the subtests they administer, and will be provided with the remaining subtest scores. Each aspect of the WISC-V Record Form will be completed (i.e. individual subtests, raw score to standard score conversion, calculation of composite scores, etc.)

Students will also complete a reflection paper on their subtest administration performance, specifically outlining their strengths and areas for improvement. The reflection paper should be no more than 1000 words.

Students will submit their video recording, WISC-V scoring, and reflection paper via Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Students will submit their video recording, WISC-V scoring, and reflection paper via Moodle.
Return Date to Students Feeback provided via Moodle
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Administration 40%

Scoring 40%

Reflection 20%

Please refer to Moodle for details of marking criteria

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - PASS
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Students will submit their video recording, WISC-V scoring, and reflection paper via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the theoretical, research and practice-based processes underpinning psychological assessment and its techniques.

2. Explain and demonstrate test selection, administration, interpretation, write-up of psychological testing and its findings.

3. Demonstrate proficient administration of a clinical interview and selected psychological assessment procedures, including the Wechsler intelligence test and a standardised personality/emotional and behavioural inventory.

4. Demonstrate observational, mental status examination and functional assessment knowledge and skills.

5. Demonstrate understanding and use of the major diagnostic classification systems in psychological assessment.

6. Demonstrate the ability to put together assessment information in formulations and translate them to evidence-informed, client-friendly recommendations.

9. Demonstrate understanding and the ability to reflect on practice as a way of informing and improving as a learner and as a clinical psychologist.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title WISC-V Interpretation & Formulation
Task Description

This assessment follows on from the first assessment. This component is aimed at giving students the opportunity to interpret WISC-V scores and integrate test interpretation into formulations of clients, and utilising that information to inform hypotheses. The assignment will focus on addressing knowledge and skills related to psychological assessment and evaluation by asking students to respond to a hypothetical case.

Students will be provided with a case study in Week 6. The case information will include background information, testing behaviour, and testing scores (including WISC-V). Students will be required to prepare a well-written report detailing the following information (all equally weighted):

· A written interpretation of the test data provided using the 10 Step Model

· A formulation of the client incorporating the test interpretation with the case material

· Initial hypotheses based on all the information and recommendations for further assessment

Students will submit their report via Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Students will submit their report via Moodle.
Return Date to Students Feedback provided via Moodle.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Interpretation 30%

Formulation 30%

Hypotheses and Recommendations 30%

Report Writing 10%

Please see Moodle for marking criteria

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Students will submit their report via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the theoretical, research and practice-based processes underpinning psychological assessment and its techniques.

2. Explain and demonstrate test selection, administration, interpretation, write-up of psychological testing and its findings.

4. Demonstrate observational, mental status examination and functional assessment knowledge and skills.

5. Demonstrate understanding and use of the major diagnostic classification systems in psychological assessment.

6. Demonstrate the ability to put together assessment information in formulations and translate them to evidence-informed, client-friendly recommendations.

7. Demonstrate the ability to write informed, succinct, valid and well-organised reports that include formulations and both normative and ipsative recommendations.

8. Demonstrate the ability to write a psychological report and then provide therapeutic feedback to clients about findings.

9. Demonstrate understanding and the ability to reflect on practice as a way of informing and improving as a learner and as a clinical psychologist.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Exam (Written Assessment)
Task Description

This assessment will link all skills learned throughout this course. This component will provide students the opportunity to interpret a battery of tests and incorporate test scores with case information to create a comprehensive case formulation. This will advance students’ knowledge and skills relating to psychological assessment and evaluation by asking students to respond to a hypothetical case.

Students will be provided with a case study one week before the exam. The case information will include background information, testing behaviour, and testing scores (including WISC-V, WIAT, and CMS). During the exam, students will be required to use the case study to prepare a well-written report detailing the following information (equally weighted):

· A written interpretation of all test data

· A formulation of the client incorporating the test interpretation with the case material

Students will be allowed to bring an A4 page of handwritten notes into the exam, as well as photocopied norms tables.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback provided via Moodle.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Interpretation 50%

Formulation 50%

Please refer to Moodle for marking criteria.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

To be submitted in hard copy at the end of the examination to the Course Coordinator

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the theoretical, research and practice-based processes underpinning psychological assessment and its techniques.

2. Explain and demonstrate test selection, administration, interpretation, write-up of psychological testing and its findings.

4. Demonstrate observational, mental status examination and functional assessment knowledge and skills.

5. Demonstrate understanding and use of the major diagnostic classification systems in psychological assessment.

6. Demonstrate the ability to put together assessment information in formulations and translate them to evidence-informed, client-friendly recommendations.

9. Demonstrate understanding and the ability to reflect on practice as a way of informing and improving as a learner and as a clinical psychologist.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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