Psychological Assessment

Course code 73325

This course provides an advanced treatment of those aspects of psychology that relate to the measurement of human characteristics and introduces the discipline of psychological assessment.

The course content concentrates on providing students with the conceptual background necessary for gaining an understanding of the underpinning theories and practical/interventionist aspects of psychological assessment. Hence this course aims to achieve a balance between theory and practice, and to provide students with insight into the importance of such a balance.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Exam details
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 13 Jun 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Print only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    
    • 20 Credits or more at Level 6 and Above in Psychology.

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

Upon completing this course you should be able to

  • Understand and critically evaluate the theories under-pinning the design, development and use of selected psychological tests.
  • Understand the limitations of selected approaches to measuring differences in human ability and performance on a range of dimensions (e.g. intelligence and personality).
  • Understand the ethical issues surrounding and influencing the use of psychological tests and scales.
  • Understand the factors involved in measuring and predicting employee performance.
  • Correctly use a range of psychological tests, including those that measure intelligence, personality, aptitude, and interest.

Once you have completed this course and 73326 Personality & Individual Differences as part of a psychology major of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, you can be considered for test user registration at Level C through the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.


To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed any psychology course at Level 6.

Other requirements

To study this course you will require access to a computer, the Internet and email.

There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.


Assessment 50% In-course; 40% Examination; 10% Supervised workshop.

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


As part of this course you must attend a full day workshop in either Auckland or Wellington. This will be held in early May.

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