PSYC642-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Psychometric Assessment Methods

18 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of psychometric assessment in clinical work. Students will improve their ability to select, administer, score and interpret a range of psychometric assessment tools. The first semester provides an introduction to neuropsychological assessment, including intelligence testing, and assessment of the brain-behaviour relationship. The second semester familiarises you with the more frequently used psychometric tests of behavioural and emotional functioning, integrating them within a broad multi-modal, multi-informant understanding of your client.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable Note

Enrolled students are advised to consult the course outline on Learn|AKO for detailed timetable information.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Neil Thompson


Nadine Pow

Guest Lecturer

Philip Kavanagh

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Sattler, Jerome M; Foundations of behavioral, social and clinical assessment of children ; Sixth edition; Jerome M. Sattler, Publisher, Inc., 2014.

Sattler, Jerome M. , Ryan, Joseph J; Assessment with the WAIS-IV ; Jerome M. Sattler, 2009.

Recommended Reading

Crowe, Simon F; Evidence of absence : a guide to cognitive assessment in Australia ; 1st ed; Australian Academic Press, 2010.

Lezak, Muriel Deutsch; Neuropsychological assessment ; 5th ed; Oxford University Press, 2012.

New Zealand Psychologists Board; Guidelines on Using Psychometric Tests ; New Zealand Psychologists Board, 2013 (

Sattler, Jerome M; Assessment of children : cognitive foundations ; 5th ed; J.M. Sattler, 2008.

Sattler, Jerome M; Resource guide to accompany Foundations of Behavioral, Social and Clinical Assessment of Children ; 6th Ed; Jerome M. Sattler, Publisher, Inc, 2014.

The Code of Ethics Review Group; Code of Ethics for Psychologists Working in Aotearoa/New Zealand ; The Code of Ethics Review Group, 2012 (

These Textbooks are required, you need to have access to them, but you do not have to own them.

Enrolled students are advised to consult the course outline on Learn|AKO for additional required and recommended readings.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,295.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 18

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC642 Occurrences

  • PSYC642-23W (C) Whole Year 2023