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PS 302 Tests and Measurements
Bevars, Barry J.


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CoursePS 302 Tests and Measurements ML
SemesterU1Z2005
FacultyBevars, Barry J.
TitleSenior Instructor, Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMasters of Science - Counseling and Human Relations
Bachelor of Science - Psychology
Office LocationMalmstrom AFB Education Center
Office Hours4 - 5 PM Tuesday and Thursday
Daytime Phone761-6406
Other Phone761-7540
E-MailBarry.Bevars@park.edu
bknbear@bresnan.net
Semester Dates30 May - 31 July 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time7:45 - 10:15 PM
PerquisitesPS101
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Tests and Assessment 4th edition, W. BRUCE WALSH - NANCY E. BETZ ISBN: 0-13-095947-2

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Internet, Base Library, Park University Library, Great Falls Community Library, Family Support Center, Golden Triangle Mental Health Services


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:  PS101.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods of learning with focus on application. Methods include lectures, readings, class discussion, writing and the use of reference systems. Each student will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize presented information. Each student will be required to demonstrate these skills publicly or through the written word.

Learning Outcomes:
*Define testing methods
*Identify different testing techniques
*Demonstrate familiarity with the construction and standarization of testing procedures
*Contrast the inportance of Reliability and Validity in testing
*Interpret an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional issues related to test usage
*Distinguish and demonstrate an understanding of elements of effective clinical assessment, interviewing and neuropsychological evaluation
*Demonstrate on how to assess psychological tests

Course Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their performance in the following manner:
- Oral report in which the student selects a psychological test to present to the class. Presentation will last at least 10 minutes.
- Mid-term examination
- One written report on a psychological test provided by the instructor. Format and example will be provided by the instructor
- Final examination
- Student(s)evaluation of classmate(s) participation in Group setting/presentation
- Student(s) role in Group presentations. Group presentation will range from 30 to 45 minutes.
- Student(s) who will miss a total of five (5) or more classes because of duty related jobs will be required to do a research paper, versus Group settings/presentations. Topic of the research paper will be provided by the instructor. Research paper due no later than July 26. A total of at least 20 pages will be required of the research paper.

Grading:
Course grades are determined on the following bases:
- Oral report from the student (05 points)
- Mid-term Examination (30 points)
- Written report on a psychological test (10 points)
- Final Examination (30 points)
- Student evaluation of student in group setting (05 pts)
- Student role in Group presentation (20 points)
- Research paper (if required) (25 points)
The following points earned will be used to assign course letter grades:
A: 90-100; B: 80-89; C: 70-79; D: 60-69; F: BELOW 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of work will be accepted and evaluated, however, expect to lose fifty percent of its overall value. IE: assignment was worth 10 points, maximum points received would be 5 points. Could be less depending on context of answer. No course material will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be required to attend class prepared with the reading assignments and homework completed prior to class. Students will be expected to respect their classmates openess in discussions and willingness to explore themselves in this journey of understanding tests and assessments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
CLASS    DATE                   TOPIC
 01     5-31   Course overview, expectations of course
 02     6-02   Discussion Chapter 1/Select Groups/Topic
 03     6-07   Discussion Chapter 2/Value Survey
 04     6-09   Discussion Chapter 3/Group Gathering
 05     6-14   Student(s) oral reports for grade
 06     6-16   Discussion Chapter 4/Group Gathering
 07     6-21   Discussion Chapter 5/Group Gathering
 08     6-23   Discussion Chapters 6-7/Mid-term review
 09     6-28   Mid-term examination Chapters 1 through 7
 10     6-30   Class taking a psychological test, will
               learn how to give the test and accomplish
               a written report on the test for grade
 11     7-05   Discussion Chapters 8-9-10
               turn in written psychological test/review
 12     7-07   Discussion Chapters 11-12/Group Gathering
 13     7-12   Discussion Chapters 13-14/Final review
 14     7-14   Final Examination Chapters 8 through 14
 15     7-19   In-class dry run for Group 1
 16     7-21   In-class dry run for Group 2
 17     7-26   In-class dry run for Group 3
 18     7-28   Group(s) presentation for Grade
                   
 

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.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations 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 assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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