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PSY3010 Assessment of Behaviour

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Psychology
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Suzanne Czech
Moderator: Andrea Lamont-Mills


Pre-requisite: PSY2100


Assessment of behaviour is central to research in the behavioural sciences and to the practice of psychology. Students could not pursue post-graduate studies, or enter professional practice, without knowledge of the principles underlying psychological assessment, as well as the major techniques of developing, evaluating, and using psychological measures.


This course is divided into two parts. The first part concerns the principles of psychological testing, and topics include ethical practice in testing, theories relevant to psychological testing, test reliability and validity, norms, and how each of these aspects inform the evaluation and use of psychological tests. The second part concerns particular areas of testing such as intelligence, personality, vocational aptitude, and tests of specific functioning, including clinical and forensic, and how these are applied in various practice settings. Students can expect to learn about some of the major tests currently in use, as well as a representative array of tests typifying the above areas.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of psychological assessment, including major theories, statistical foundations, methods of test construction and analysis, and test bias;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the professional, ethical, and legal issues affecting psychological assessment in the practice setting;
  3. locate and understand information to evaluate the reliability, validity, and construction methods, of psychological tests and related measures;
  4. interpret the results of some common psychological tests and measures;
  5. integrate assessment data and prepare an assessment report.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ethical practice in the use of psychological tests 15.00
2. Nature, functions, classifications, uses and issues concerning psychological tests 10.00
3. Theories and principles underlying test construction and application including consideration of reliability, validity, norms, item analysis and the interpretation of test scores 25.00
4. Background to uses and administration of an array of particular tests. Test types included will be individual and group tests of intelligence, abilities and aptitudes, personality tests, and tests for specific areas of functioning 25.00
5. Issues in interpretation and reporting of test results in practice settings 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Gregory, RJ 2010, Psychological testing: history, principles and applications: international edition, 6th edn, Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA.
    (ISBN13: 9780205807994.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 26.00
Directed Study 62.00
Private Study 78.00
Test 2.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ON-LINE QUIZ 1 20 10 18 Mar 2012 (see note 1)
ON-LINE QUIZ 2 20 20 01 Apr 2012
ON-LINE QUIZ 3 20 20 22 Apr 2012
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 15 30 Apr 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 70 35 03 Jun 2012

  1. Online Quiz Format: multiple choice questions. Timing: differs for each quiz and will be advised prior to release. External (and International students) will be expected to work to Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them (such as lectures, tutorials, and practical work), and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Not applicable.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    No penalties applied if the required conditions are met as specified in the Introductory Book. If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after feedback has been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Note that the Conceded Pass is not available in this course due to APAC accreditation standard 2.1.9.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items . Due to accreditation requirements a grade of Low Pass (45-49%) cannot be awarded in a compulsory psychology course. Any student whose final marks are in that range and had attempted all assessment items will be given the opportunity to complete make-up work. Successful completion of the make-up work will result in a passing grade being awarded. Non-completion or unsuccessful completion of such work will result in a failing grade being awarded.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable. Students will undertake three (3) on-line quizzes in lieu of a formally supervised written examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Course Examiner.

  3. The Course Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation and a temporary grade IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up) may be awarded.

  5. Students will require access to email and internet access to UConnect for this course. The onus is on students to ensure internet access is of sufficient speed and quality to accommodate the on-line quizzes.

  6. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.