Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The course is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge in two important strands of their pre-professional training. Students will develop practical skills and knowledge to a pre-professional level of competence in some aspects of applied psychometric testing and assessment by learning to competently administer one or more well known psychometric tests such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales (WAIS). This practical experience will be supported by presentation of the theoretical foundations of cognitive tests. The second strand will engage students in career planning and preparation by lectures and practical experience. The practical experience will include writing job application letters and compiling a Curriculum Vitae. This strand will encompass careers as a psychologist as well as those which do not require eligibility for psychology registration. Experience in team-building will also feature in this course as students will serve as resources for each other's learning experiences.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the theoretical background to the development of tests of cognitive function

2. Work effectively in team settings (as students will serve as resources for each other's learning experiences)

3. Competently administer one or more well-known psychometric tests such as the Wechsler scales of intelligence and/or memory

4. Apply skills and knowledge necessary for preliminary career planning and preparation

5. Apply the skills and knowledge learned in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree to employment as a practising psychologist and other employment areas less directly related to practising psychology


Content areas are:

  • Applied psychometric assessment, including an introduction to general ability and other tests of cognitive function with specific reference to memory tests.
  • History and theoretical background of ability testing
  • Early Career planning and preparation

The content will be covered through lectures and tutorials that involve practical group experience, supervised practice of skills and constructive feedback.

Mentoring, supervision and evaluation will be provided by academic staff in the School of Psychology, its tutoring staff and staff from the Careers Service of this university


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) programs.

Assumed knowledge

Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units of the degree program in which they are enrolled, including PSYC2200, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Careers assignment

Practical Demonstration: Psychometric test administration

Formal Examination: Formal exam

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term