Final Project Guidelines and Rubric

PSY 335 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric

Overview The final project for this course is the planning and writing of a psychological report using simulated case data.

While there are many different types of mental health professionals who perform counseling and psychotherapy, the one role that is unique to the psychologist is conducting tests and measurements, analyzing and reporting the results, and making recommendations.

Psychological reports are used for many purposes in many settings, including educational and training, legal, medical, mental health, and vocational settings.

While this course will not provide you with the professional qualifications to administer these tests, this exercise will give you experience in planning and writing a psychological assessment report, evaluating the choice of measurements, describing and reporting the results, synthesizing assessment information, and making sound conclusions and recommendations based on your data.

Whether your career path leads to being a producer or consumer of psychological reports, this project will give you a basis for understanding the assessment process.

The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Four, and Six. The final submission will occur in Module Seven.

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

 Demonstrate knowledge of the APA Ethical Code and the relevant issues related to psychological assessment

 Develop a broad understanding of the complexity of psychological assessment and the various approaches to assessment  Be familiar with a number of assessment instruments

 Understand the benefits and limitations of assessment and testing

 Be able to determine the appropriate use and misuse of tests

 Demonstrate their understanding of basic concepts and terminology

 Develop their critical thinking skills by systematically analyzing test results from case studies

 Be able to demonstrate their ability to comprehend current research related to assessment and testing

Effectively communicate in a professional manner both through written and verbal assignments