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DP-Basics of the psycho-educational diagnosis

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Course ID: 2300-MS2-DP-PDP
Erasmus code / ISCED: (unknown) / (unknown)
Course title: DP-Basics of the psycho-educational diagnosis
Name in Polish: DP - Podstawy diagnozy psychopedagogicznej
Organizational unit: Faculty of Education
Course groups:
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.
Language: (unknown)
Type of course:

obligatory courses



Short description:

The main aim of the lecture is to introduce students with the concept of diagnosis, its functions, different models and kinds, with ethical and legal issues associated with diagnostic process and with diagnostic methods and techniques

Full description:

The main focus areas are as follows:

1. General concept of diagnosis. Educational assessment vs. psychological assessment

2. Objectives and functions of psychoeducational diagnosis

3. Different approaches to the diagnosis, various kinds and models.(examples)

4. Conditions of diagnostic process: diagnostic contact, reluctance, main principles.

5. Factors determining the validity of a diagnosis. Reasons for errors in diagnosis. Diagnosis vs. common knowledge.

6. Ethical and legal issues associated with diagnostic process.

7. Definition of diagnostic methods, techniques and tools.

8. Interview: classifications, comparative characteristics of structured, semi-structured and unstructured interview.

9. The character of unstructured (informal) interview, its structure, types of questions, the meaning of the contact with an interviewee, analysing and interpreting interview data.

10. Questionnaire: definition, classifications, application in individual diagnosis.

11. Observation: types of observation, the essence and the subject of informal observation, analysing, interpreting and applying observation data.

12. The analysis of documents and work samples.

13. Methods of psychological diagnosis; a concept of measurement in psychology, psychological test definition and its characteristic: validity, reliability, objectivity, standardisation, measurement errors. Classification of psychological tests and examples of applying them in psychological and educational diagnosis.

14. Projective techniques, their assumptions and characteristics,

15. Selected techniques of neurological diagnosis and possible ways of applying such data in psychoeducational diagnosis.

Bibliography: (in Polish)

Podstawowa (do egzaminu z zakresu wykładu):

Frydrychowicz A., Koźniewska E, Sobolewska M., Zwierzyńska E.: Testy psychologiczne i pedagogiczne w poradnictwie- przewodnik metodyczny. Warszawa: Centrum Metodyczne Pomocy Psychologiczno-pedagogicznej, 2004., s.11-31.

Jarosz E.,Wysocka E.: Diagnoza psychopedagogiczna podstawowe problemy i rozwiązania. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Akademickie „Żak”, 2006 , rod 1,2,3.

Stemplewska -Żakowicz, K., Paluchowski, W.J.: Podstawy diagnozy psychologicznej. W: Strelau, J., Doliński, D. (red) Psychologia Akademicka. Podręcznik. Gdańsk: GWP, 2010, tom 2

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course:


a student knows objectives, functions, models and types of diagnosis;

is able to describe its structure

knows conditions of diagnostic process

is able to define diagnostic method, technique and a diagnostic tool

is able to characterise different diagnostic techniques

is able to define basic concepts regarding the theory of tests

knows basic diagnostic methods


is able to form diagnostic hypotheses

can choose diagnostic methods adequately to the objectives and previously formed hypotheses

understands differences between structured, semi-structured and unstructured interview, can list advantages and disadvantages of each


understands basic ethical issues associated with diagnostic process

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

For undergraduate (1st degree studies): the requirements for completing the course are: attendance at lectures and passing the test based on the lectures,

This course is not currently offered.
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