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Assessment of Developmental Disorders - PSY00041H

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Melanie Forster
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module will provide students with an understanding of, and experience in, the selection and use of tests for educational and clinical assessment and diagnosis. It will also provide a framework for planning educationally-appropriate interventions.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate familiarity with a range of developmental difficulties commonly seen in children and young people.
  • Explore the use of assessments to better understand a child or young person’s profile of strengths and needs.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of a range of psychometric tests, including knowledge of their principles and development
  • Describe how psychometric assessments are commonly used within clinical and educational practice
  • Begin to develop the professional skills needed to interpret assessment findings for children and young people, their families and relevant professionals 

Module content

  • Educational Assessment: Psychological Testing
  • Assessment of General Abilities: General vs. Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Assessment of Language: Specific Language Ability
  • Assessment of Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties
  • Assessment of Autism
  • Assessment of Memory and Attention Skills
  • Assessment of Number Skills
  • Formulation and Report Writing


Task Length % of module mark
Departmental - aural assessment
Presentation: Psychometric Test Presentation
N/A 25
Essay : Essay
N/A 50
Online Exam
Handout : Psychometric Test Handout
N/A 25

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Essay
N/A 50
Online Exam
Handout : Psychometric Test Handout
N/A 50

Module feedback

Marks will be available through e:vision.

Indicative reading

Anastasi, A. & Urbina, S. (1997). Psychological testing 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall

Kline, P. (2000). The handbook of psychological testing 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Urvina, S. (2004). Essentials of psychological testing. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.

Snowling, M.J. & Stackhouse, J. (Eds) (2006). Dyslexia, Speech and Language. Chichester: Wiley

Rutter, M. Et al., (Eds) (2008). Rutterâ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 5th ed. Oxford: Blackwell

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.