PS302 Tests & Measurements

for S1T 2006

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PS 302 Tests and Measurements


S1T 2006 DLD


Taylor, William H.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A., Western Michigan University
M.S., Syracuse University
Post Graduate Degree, Boston University

Office Location


Office Hours

Anytime, just call.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

13 March to 7 May 06

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



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


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

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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
See Grading Plan below.

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, 7) 60 points
Core assessment (Week 6) 80 points
Weekly homework assignments
80 points
Weekly mastery questions  80 points
Group controversial issues presentation 20 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 two integrative assignments  
Completing the core assessment
Completing a proctored final examination  
Core Assessment: Using empirical references as the basis of your review, research either a standardized personality, intelligence or educational test and complete a summary critique/report. The review should include: general information about the test including title, author and publisher; a description of the test content, purpose, structure, administration and scoring guidelines; an evaluation of the reliability and validity of the test; a critique of the strengths and weaknesses of using the test in an applied setting; and an analysis of the multicultural application of the test.


Utilizes a minimum of 8 references; 5 of these references must be empirical, peer-reviewed, research articles.
Information must be organized, presented and referenced using APA style.
Test review should be approximately 10 pages (plus title and reference pages).

Late Submission of Course Materials:
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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See online Syllabus

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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.
ONLINE NOTE: 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. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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: .

Additional Information:
William H. Taylor has taught at the college level for 30 years. He has a Bachelors, two Masters, and a Post Graduate Degree from Western Michigan University, Syracuse University, and Boston University, respectively. He has taught Psychology, Management, Logistics and Information Technology courses at the Graduate and Undergraduate level at Southwestern Michigan College, Columbus State College, Park University, Capital University, Central Michigan University, and Embry-Riddle University.  His full-time job is to oversee the development of flight simulators for fighters and bombers for the US Air Force and foreign governments.  He works at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH in the Agile Combat Support Wing, Simulator Systems Group; and is the Director of the Air Combat Division


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Last Updated:3/15/2006 7:12:19 PM