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psy120 - Psychological assessment and diagnostics (Complete module description)
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Module label Psychological assessment and diagnostics
Module abbreviation psy120
Credit points 9.0 KP
Workload 270 h
Institute directory Department of Psychology
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
  • Hildebrandt, Andrea (module responsibility)
  • Hellmann, Andreas (module responsibility)
  • Hildebrandt, Andrea (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Hellmann, Andreas (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Debener, Stefan (Module counselling)
Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology. Module psy120 is only relevant for students who started their studies before winter term 19/20. (All other students study module psy121.)
Skills to be acquired in this module
**Goals of module:** Students will acquire specific knowledge about psychological assessment and will be trained to utilize this knowledge within a research context and in applied settings. With respect to research applications they will learn about traditional and modern test theories and about their usage in the domain of test construction and the systematic design of interviews and observational methods. From the perspective of applied assessment, students will reflect on the assessment process as a whole. They will learn how to analyze cases (“case conceptualization”), how to plan and conduct the information assessment phase, how to record and summarize collected data and how to integrate across the multitude of information in order to draw conclusions about the case given specific diagnostic strategies (status vs. process assessment and norm oriented vs. criterion oriented assessment, including classificatory decisions). Finally, students will learn about the requirements of report generation in written an oral form given a specific applied context. Ethical guidelines and quality norms will be an implicit topic in all courses in the module. **Competencies:** + Neuropsychological / neurophysiological knowledge + interdisciplinary kowledge & thinking + ethics / good scientific practice / professional behavior + critical & analytical thinking
Module contents
**Part 1: Introduction to Psychological Assessment (lecture)** - Psychological assessment as a decision process – descriptive and prescriptive models - Theories of reliability (classical and modern approaches) - Theories of validity (classical and modern approaches) - Assessment methods, their construction and design, quality criteria - The logic of decision making in the assessment process - Psychometrics to single cases - Summarizing results and writing reports **Part 2: Psychological Testing (seminar)** - Psychometric bases of tests and questionnaires - Types of tests and questionnaires - Challenges in psychological testing (for example faking good vs. bad) - Examples of published tests and questionnaires - Exercising test applications, scoring and result interpretations **Part 3: Assessment in Clinical Neuropsychology (seminar)** - specific knowledge - exercises in testing / practising tests
Recommended reading
Will be specified in the courses.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency The module will be offered every winter term.
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
If you want to earn the bonus, you need to use the official bonus sheet to prove your attendance which will be handed to you in the beginning of the winter term.
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Type of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Teaching/Learning method Part 1: 1 lecture ; Part 2: 1 seminar; Part 3: 1 seminar
Previous knowledge
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 WiSe 28
Seminar 4 SoSe 56
Total module attendance time 84 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
summer term
The module will be tested by a practical exercise (test application and protocol).
Bonus for two presentations or test executions (max.) and attendance of at least 70% in the seminars. Group presentations can be counted as one half.