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psy121 - Psychological assessment and diagnostics (Complete module description)
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Module label Psychological assessment and diagnostics
Module code psy121
Credit points 12.0 KP
Workload 360 h
Faculty/Institute Department of Psychology
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Mastermodule
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Entry requirements
Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology.
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.

+ Neuropsychological / neurophysiological knowledge
+ interdisciplinary kowledge & thinking
+ ethics / good scientific practice / professional behavior
+ critical & analytical thinking
Module contents
Part 1: Introduction to Psychological Assessment (lecture): winter
• Psychological assessment as a decision process – descriptive and prescriptive models
• Introduction to test theories (will be detailed in Part 3)
• Assessment methods, their construction and design, quality criteria
• The logic of decision making in the assessment process
• Classificatory decisions
• Psychometrics to single cases
• Summarizing results and writing reports

Part 2: The Assessment Process applied (seminar): winter
• Case conceptualization (neuropsychology and clinical psychology)
• Formulating hypotheses
• Selecting assessment procedures and planning administration
• Deciding upon decision rules for data integration
• Evaluating the application of assessment procedures
• Analyzing, summarizing and visualizing results

• Integrating results based on the decision rules
• Writing a psychological/assessment report
• Discussing a report with the client

Part 3: Test theory and test construction (lecture): summer
• Classical test theory
• Generalizability theory
• Item response theory
• Latent-State and Trait theory
• Measurement invariance across groups and time
• Constructing faking-resistant questionnaires and tests

Part 4: Assessment in Clinical Neuropsychology (seminar): summer
• specific knowledge
• exercises in testing / practising tests
Reader's advisory
Will be specified in the courses.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency The module will start every winter term.
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart Pflicht / Mandatory
Modulart Pflicht / Mandatory
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program Part 1 and 3: 2 lectures ; Part 2 and 4: seminars
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program Part 1 and 3: 2 lectures ; Part 2 and 4: seminars
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge You should know basic statistical concepts as they are also covered in the introductory course statistics.
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 4.00 SuSe and WiSe 56 h
Seminar 4.00 SuSe and WiSe 56 h
Total time of attendance for the module 112 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
summer term
The module will be tested by a practical exercise (test application and protocol) 90% and an oral presentation of the planned contents 10%.

Required active participation for gaining credits:
  • 2 presentations or test executions
  • handing in 10 excercises
  • participation in discussions on other presentations
  • attendance of at least 70% in the seminars (use attendance sheet that will be handed out in the beginning of the term).