The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Psychological assessment is a key component of organisational psychology skill set. This course covers a broad range of psychological interviewing and assessment skills and measures. Course modules are primarily designed in relation to organisational and business psychology fields. Students will learn how to evaluate appropriate tools for capturing desired data, within an ethical framework. A variety of interviewing, survey and other methods will be reviewed and practiced. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific analysis of interview and other assessment data, including the limitations of each measure.

This course is not part of an APAC accredited sequence.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically evaluate the objectives and psychometric principles of psychological assessment.

2. Select appropriate assessment tools for business and organisational applications.

3. Accurately interpret results from different forms of psychological assessment.

4. Design effective interviewing procedures for organisational and business applications.


  • Introduction to psychological testing: Test scores and norms
  • Reliability and validity
  • Test construction
  • Intelligence testing and personality assessment
  • Performance testing and employee selection
  • Interviewing and future developments

Assumed knowledge

Completion of an APAC accredited 3 year program in psychology or equivalent


PSYC6000 and PSYC6050

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion

Quiz: Online Quizzes on Module Content

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Workshops held in weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.


Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term