Psychological Assessment

Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Code
PSYC 4360
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined
New Westminster


Course Description
This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental principles guiding the psychological assessment process, across the range of current applications. The historical-cultural context and relevant ethical principles are considered. Psychological assessment is presented as an integrative and multi-method process which includes structured tests. Key issues of reliability, validity and utility are addressed. Applications in education and training, forensic, workplace, health care, clinical and counselling, and rehabilitation contexts are considered, with an overview of current assessment practices.
Course Content
  1. Historical overview and implications of cultural context for psychological assessment.
  2. Ethical principles.
  3. Assessment as an integrative process.
  4. Reliability, validity, utility considerations.
  5. Test development.
  6. Distributions, normative samples, standardization and the meaning of individual scores.
  7. Statistics of particular importance to psychological testing.
  8. Psychological assessment applications in:
    1. Education and training.
    2. Neuropsychology.
    3. Clinical and Counselling: psychodiagnostics and psychological treatment.
    4. Forensics.
    5. The workplace.
    6. Healthcare.
Methods Of Instruction

The primary methods of instruction may include:


  • Lecture
  • Group activities
  • Case study presentations
  • Audiovisual media
  • Guest lectures


Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Integrative assessment report - 20%

Exams - 5 at 14% each - 70%

Written reflection assignments - 5%

Participation - 5%

Total - 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

Describe and explain:

  1. Historical and cultural contexts of and consequent implications for the assessment process.
  2. Ethics, culture and best practices in psychological assessment
  3. Statistical concepts of particular importance to psychological assessment, including reliability, validity and utility
  4. Distributions, standardization, norm development and application to individual scores
  5. The process of test development and item analysis.

Interpret, calculate, or apply statistics of particular importance to psychological testing.

Articulate and apply relevant ethical principles.

Describe current practices in psychological assessment across a range of service-provision contexts: education and training, forensics, workplace, healthcare, clinical/counselling, neuropsychological.

Textbook Materials

Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:

  • Gregory, R.J. (2014). Psychological testing: History, principles and applications (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.  

  • Hogan, T.P. (2013). Psychological testing: A practical introduction (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: Wiley





No corequisite courses.


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Langara College (LANG) LANG PSYC 2312 (3) 2011/05/01 to 2017/12/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PSYC 1XX (3) 2011/05/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 4XXX (3) 2011/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PSYO 443 (3) or UBCO PSYO 444 (3) 2011/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV PSYC 2nd (3), Precludes credit for UBCV PSYC 303. 2011/05/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 450 (3) 2011/05/01 to 2019/08/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PSYC 306 (3) 2011/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 3XX (1.5) 2011/05/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.