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PS 302 Tests and Measurements
Mandernach, B. Jean


Jean Mandernach
J.Mandernach@pirate.park.edu
Office Hours: 9:00am to 9:00pm CST
Phone: 308-236-5828
Fax: n/a

 


Park Vision/Mission Statement

Park University Vision

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Park University Mission

The mission of Park University, a entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 
Course Developer

B. Jean Mandernach, PhD (jean.mandernach@park.edu)

 
Course Description

An introduction to the uses of psychological tests and to the techniques of test construction and evaluation. Topics include: a survey of common tests in the areas of general classification, differential testing of abilities and measurement of personality characteristics. Pre-requisite: PS 101. 3:0:3

 
Overview and Course Goals

PS302 Tests and Measurements provides an introduction to the field of psychometrics. As such, the course covers issues ranging from statistical considerations to test construction, administration, interpretation to evaluation of assessments. As we move through each of these topics, a number of common tests will be introduced and discussions will centered around the ability to be an effective consumer of psychometric information. The following table highlights the weekly topics:  

Week 1 Introduction to Psychometric Basics
Week 2 Basic Statistics of Tests and Measurements
Week 3 Creating and Implementing Assessments
Week 4 Intelligence Testing
Week 5 Application of Ability and Standardized Testing
Week 6 Testing in Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Week 7 Testing in Industrial, Business and Forensic Settings
Week 8 Bias, Ethics, and the Future of Testing

 
Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify key features related to test construction and standardization.
  2. Critically analyze the use of self-report inventories.
  3. Distinguish between the various types of test reliability and validity.
  4. Evaluate the legal, ethical, and professional issues related to test usage.
  5. Identify the properties and applications of personality and intelligence tests.

 
Required Texts/Materials

Required:

Kaplan, R. M. and Saccuzzo, D. P. (2005). Psychological Testing: Principles, Applications, and Issues (Sixth Edition). Thomson/Wadsworth, ISBN 0-534-63306-4.

Recommended:

Nicolai, K. (2005). Student Workbook for Psychological Testing: Principles, Applications and Issues. Thomson/Wadsworth, ISBN 0-534-63308-0

 
Course Policies

Course-Specific Policies:

Policy for submission of assignments: All assignments will be submitted via the dropbox as RTF or Word attachments. I do not accept assignments emailed to me.

Policy for late work: You have one week after the due date to submit late work. Late work will receive only half of the awarded points.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

 
Grading Policy

You will be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final exam, 3 integrative assignments, weekly homework assignments, a group controversial issues presentation, mastery questions and participation in online class discussions. Points will be assigned as follows:

Final exam (Week 8) 100 points
Integrative assignments (Weeks 3, 5, 7) 120 points
Weekly homework assignments 80 points
Weekly mastery questions 80 points
Group controversial issues presentation 40 points
Participation in online discussions 80 points
Total 500 points

Final course grades will be determined as follows:

A 90% - 100% 448 points and higher
B 80% - 89% 398 – 447 points
C 70% - 79% 348 – 397 points
D 60% - 69% 298 – 347 points
F 59% and lower 297 points and lower

You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you critically analyze psychometric information and communicate this knowledge in a professional manner. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments
  • Completing weekly homework assignments
  • Completing weekly mastery questions  
  • Participating in weekly on-line class discussions
  • Participating in a group controversial issues presentation
  • Completing three integrative assignments 
  • Completing a proctored final examination  

Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 

Other Information on proctored exams:

  • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade. 

 
Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community.  Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. 

Definitions

Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

  • Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed.  Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
  • Plagiarism involves the use of quotation without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
  • Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
  • Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
    • Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
    • Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
    • Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

Procedure

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park UniversityPark University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

 
Attendance

Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.

An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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