PSYC471 Psychological Testing

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
31 August 2019 01 September 2019 Non-Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 18cp at 200 level in PSYC including PSYC202 and candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites GradDipPsych students only: 18cp at 200 level in PSYC including PSYC202
Restrictions PSYC201 or PSYC301 or PSYC371

PSYC471 students need access to SPSS

Combined Units PSYC371 - Psychological Testing
Coordinator(s) Elizabeth Temple (
Unit Description

This unit covers theoretical and applied aspects of measuring and explaining individual differences in intelligence, personality, and ability. Lectures and practical sessions cover reliability, validity, test development, and the application of psychological tests to various fields. Students develop skills and knowledge associated with survey development and analysis, scientific writing, and online survey hosting.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Psychological Testing and Assessment

ISBN: 9780190305208
Shum, D., O'Gorman, J., Creed, P. and Myors, B., Oxford University Press 3rd ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

See Note


Note: PSYC471 students need SPSS. Purchase either the Standard or Premium version of SPSS (not the Base version, since it is inadequate for PSYC471). Students should purchase this from Hearne since they provide support to the point of installation. Other retailers don't provide this. (Hearne also administer all SPSS licences for IBM). To do this either (a) go to and select 'SOFTWARE', then 'SPSS Grad Packs for Students by IBM', then 'Buy', then - in the dropdown menu directly below that - select either 'Statistics Standard Grad Pack' or 'Statistics Premium Grad Pack'. (b) Alternatively, just go to, and then - in the drop down menu - select either 'Statistics Standard Grad Pack' or 'Statistics Premium Grad Pack'. Finally,either version 24 or version 25 is appropriate.

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Mid-Trimester Online Quiz 15% 500
Assessment Notes

All multiple choice.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Practical Exercises 10% 1000
Assessment Notes

All students should complete four practical sessions and the quiz associated with each prac. On-campus students should attend in-class practical sessions.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Practical Report 35% 2000
Assessment Notes

Students design their own psychological test and collect data to evaluate.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Assessment Notes

Multiple choice and written responses.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate in depth knowledge of the essential theoretical issues associated with the measurement of individual differences and abilities;
  2. critically analyse and evaluate the development, administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological testing;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the main legal and ethical issues associated with psychological testing; and
  4. competently use analysis software and write scientific reports that model skills which contribute toward life-long application in a professional career.