SRC941 - Assessment Approaches

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Last revision date 2018-07-09 09:57:38.116
Last review date 2018-07-09 09:57:38.118

Subject Title
Assessment Approaches

Subject Description
This subject discusses various theories of assessment in the field of rehabilitation. Students are introduced to assessment terminology and the administration, application and interpretation of evaluation tools. Students will learn how to use assessment results in the development of vocational and independent living plans. Cultural issues and ethics in testing are also reviewed.

Credit Status
Credit toward the Seneca Rehabilitation Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Discuss the various theories of assessment in rehabilitation;

2. Articulate the purpose of assessment with respect to the rehabilitation process, including eligibility for services and plan development;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the administration, application and interpretation of standardized tools and techniques, and assessment data, using case studies;

4. Discuss the importance of evaluating assessment methods and various testing tools;

5. Explain different statistical terms and test measurement concepts, including reliability and validity;

6. Identify and discuss ethical, legal and cultural issues in assessment

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Students should consult the website information each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements. Online at

Topic Outline
Individualized Learning / Distance Learning:

  • Purpose of assessment
  • The importance of assessment results in case management
  •  Development of an individualized plan
  • Basic research and quantitative methods
  • Reliability, validity and appropriateness of the assessment
  • Responsibility of the Test administrator
  • Assessment tools, their Advantages and disadvantages
  • The Assessment Intake Interview
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Psycho-vocational Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Psycho-educational Assessment
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
  • Functional Abilities Evaluation
  • Ergonomic Assessment
  • In-home Assessment
  • Job Analysis
  • Medical Diagnosis
  • Administration and interpretation of standardized tools
  • Communicating test results including report writing
  • Cultural issues in assessment
  • Ethics and assessment
  • Tests should include: achievement, aptitude, interest, personality, situational and behaviour observation

Mode of Instruction
Independent/Distance Learning:
This course will be delivered via the self-paced individualized learning method.  This may involve the use of a text, learner guide and consultation with your instructor either by telephone, e-mail, or mail.  Students will be responsible for completing all self-paced exercises outlined in the learner guide.  The time allotment for completion of the course is 20 weeks from the official start date.

Prescribed Texts
No textbook required.

Reference Material
APA citation

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Assignments are to be grammatically correct, and marks may be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in their written work.

All assignments must be cited.  Students are referred to the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

A student must obtain a passing grade (50% or higher) on the combined assignments and term work. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices or online at:  

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:


Assignment #1 15%
Assignment #2 20%
Midterm 25%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Harfield