Courses & Units

Individual Differences and Psychological Assessment KHA329



This is an advanced level unit in the Psychology major


The series of lectures in psychological assessment provides a comprehensive coverage of psychological assessment, with an emphasis on the assessment of adults. The lectures aim to promote an understanding of fundamental concepts in assessment and an awareness of issues in the use of assessment data. Topics focus on psychological testing and include test standardisation, validity and reliability in traditional tests. The lectures also aim to familiarise students with the major ability and personality tests, as well as ethical issues in administering such tests, interpreting test results and the application of test results in everyday life. Throughout this unit students will also consider how psychological assessment might be influenced by diverse cultural backgrounds.

The series of lectures in individual differences reviews some of the issues related to the psychological concept of intelligence and major theories of cognitive abilities, and considers the psychometric structures proposed for personality. The lecture series also examines individual differences in motivation and emotion. The influence of individual differences in applied settings is also considered.

In practical classes students participate in exercises linked to the lectures. The uses and limitations of assessment data are examined, and students gain hands-on experience of assessment techniques, scale development and validation, interpretation of test results, and exploration of individual differences.


Unit name Individual Differences and Psychological Assessment
Unit code KHA329
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Psychology
Teaching staff

Dr Rachel Grieve (Coordinator)

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,207.00 090701

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Teaching Pattern

One 2-hr lecture weekly and Ten 2-hr practical classes/activities


2-hr Examination (50%), Assignments totalling 2500 words (50%)

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