PS_BA025 Psychodiagnostic foundations

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. PhDr. Mojmír Svoboda, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Hana Přikrylová Kučerová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Iva Burešová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Iva Burešová, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 K21
The course follows up the course of Methodology.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to present a systematic overview of psychological assessment methods and briefly mention the principles of their construction and psychometric properties. The aim is to provide students with instruments to explore and reveal human mind.
Learning outcomes
Students will be oriented in psychodiagnostic methods, their purpose, basic psychometric characteristics, conditions of use and principles of ethics in working with psychodiagnostic methods. Students will be able to identify the main diagnostic categories and choose a diagnostic diagnostic battery.
  • Issues and topics: • Methodological principles of psychological assessment of adults, • Brief overview of history of development and use of methods, ethical principles of using the methods, • Clinical methods (observation, interview, case history), • Test methods, the principle and classification, • Mental ability tests (simple) , • Tests of specific abilities, tests of art abilities, didactic tests, • Tests of memory and creativity, • Unidimensional questionnaires and inventories, • Multidimensional questionnaires and inventories, • Rating scales, the principle, overview, classification, • Subjective rating scales, • Objective rating scales, • Computer-assisted psychological assessment, • Writing a report.
    recommended literature
  • Clinical interviewing. Edited by John Sommers-Flanagan - Rita Sommers-Flanagan. Fifth edition. 1 online r. ISBN 9781118270042. info
  • COGNET, Georges. Dětská kresba jako diagnostický nástroj. Translated by Kateřina Bodnárová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2013. 203 s. ISBN 9788026204992. info
  • SVOBODA, Mojmír and Helena KLIMUSOVÁ. Etické aspekty psychodiagnostické činnosti (Ethic aspects in psychological assessment). In Etické otázky v psychologii. 1. vyd. Praha: Portál, 2011. p. 163-196, 34 pp. Psychologie odborná. ISBN 978-80-7367-845-6. info
  • Handbook of clinical interviewing with adults. Edited by Michel Hersen - Jay C. Thomas. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2007. vii, 504. ISBN 9781412917179. info
  • Clinical behavior analysis. Edited by Michael J. Dougher. Reno, Nevada: Context Press, 2000. x, 302. ISBN 9781626252844. info
Teaching methods
Lectures is based on interactivity with exploitation of multimedial and demonstration of concrete psychodiagnostic methods.
Assessment methods
Teaching proceeds two teaching hours once a week. This course is completed with an oral coloquium.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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