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Psychological Assessment

Course Code: PSYC 4360
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

course prerequisites

PSYC 1100 AND PSYC 1200 AND PSYC 2300


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

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.