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.
Teaching weeks 16 weeks
Workload Approximately 13 hours per week
- 20 Credits or more at Level 6 and Above in Psychology.
If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course
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.
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.
If you study 73326 Personality and Individual Differences and 73325 Psychological Assessment, and need to purchase tests as part of your employment, you can be considered for test user registration with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). This may give you access to mental health and behavioural tests used in specialised fields.
100% internal assessment
As part of this course you must attend a compulsory full day workshop in either Auckland or Wellington. This will generally be held in week 7 or 8 of the course.
If you are studying overseas and concerned about travel to New Zealand due to COVID restrictions we recommend you do not enrol in this course.
For 2022, the compulsory workshop for this course will be replaced with an online hui. More information on this will be provided to learners on the course page after trimester one starts at the beginning of March.
There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.
Computer and internet requirements
To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.
How to enrol
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
- choose the qualification you will study the course under
- check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.
You can do this course as part of these qualifications:
Certificate of Proficiency
Course availability over the next 12 months