Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Elena Acquarini Moodle Bb Collaborate - spazio Meet - on request depending on University instructions about pandemic situation.
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Psychology - Sciences and Techniques (L-24)
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Learning Objectives

The Course aims to provide the student with the basic theoretical, methodological and psychometric tools necessary for the use of the testological and psychodiagnostic screening/assessment of skills and personalities in a life-span perspective.


The complexity of the individual, the evaluative articulation in the life-span and the diagnostic process in clinical contexts are the basis for assessment. The various steps that make up this diagnostic process include the application of techniques such as clinical interview and test administration, in particular personality tests (objective and projective) and intelligence scales.

The different and detailed ways of screening and assessment will be described. In particular, we'll focus on the application of methods and tecniques about anamnesis, interviewing and testing. We will then examine the psychologist / patient interaction through the synergistic use of two personality reading models (nosographic and nomotetic) related to the evaluating contexts.

The course will provide informations on basic theoretical assumptions and will give way to the exemplification of clinical and adult/childhood cases. The course will be complemented by seminar activities aimed at focusing (even in application) on some of the issues addressed.

Bridging Courses


Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

In Psychodiagnosis Methods and Techniques the student has to possess:

- knowledge and understanding: mastery of basic knowledge and understanding the fundamental concepts, methods and techniques of psychodiagnosis

- applying knowledge and understanding: able to use knowledge and concepts to reason critically according to the logic of discipline in the focused contexts, including in terms of the potentiality and limit of the tools proposed.

- communication skills: acquire communication skills using specific disciplinary language by clearly communicating the meaning of concepts and knowledge learned.

- learning skills: developing the ability to read scientific material of clinical-dynamic area. They will have to be able to use the acquired material and apply it properly to the learned clinical contexts.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Integrative supplementary seminars for theoretical-practical focuses on the applicative contexts of the tools/methods in current scientifics.

Additional teaching pdf/ppt and teacher specific communications can be found, together with other learning support activities, within the Moodle platform> blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures (integrated with seminars with experts) that will examine theoretical, exemplary and application aspects, promoting an active and critical participation of students. Didactics will be in line with University and Scuola di Scienze della Formazione politics.


There is no mandatory of attending the Course but presence at lessons/seminars is strongly recommended for their application contents.

Course books

McWilliams, N. (1999). Psychoanalityc case formulation.Guilford Press

Scientific papers uploaded on blended (Box: integrative papers)


Written evaluation with oral integration.

Written exam aims at evaluating acquired knowledge, ability of mastering concepts in the use of specific language and reasoning/integrative diagnostic abilities. It consists of open questions (up to 5) about the whole program to be answered in (max) 60 minutes. Oral integrative examination becomes optional if the writtenpart overcomes a minimum of 21/30 vote.

The evaluation criteria will be consistent with the learning skills and expected outcomes described above.

The final evaluation will be expressed in thirty/30.

Each student will have 2 days to confirm/reject the examination result.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


There are no differences between attending/non-attending students.


There are no differences between attending/non-attending students.

Course books

There are no differences between attending/non-attending students.


There are no differences between attending/non-attending students.


Lectures are proposed in Italian language. Course books, supplementary papers and the final examination can be attended in English (Erasmus students). The examination will take place in Italian language and/or in English one: other languages are not admitted.

Students not attending the Course and/or with different course-program and textbooks can be evaluated on the expected program for the academic year of attending or on the current one (if equal on CFU). If possible, it is advisable to notify the professor of the chosen program for the correct formulation of the written part of examination.

ERASMUS Project students can agree with the professor the examination program, course books and examination language.

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