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PS 302 Tests and Measurements
Strausser, Robert M.


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Course

PS 302 Tests and Measurements

Semester

S2Y 2006 MN

Faculty

Strausser, Robert M.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Daytime Phone

873-8100 (W)

Other Phone

386-2605 (H)

E-Mail

Robert.Strausser@pirate.park.edu

straur@bellsouth.net

Semester Dates

March 18, 2006--May 6, 2006

Class Days

Saturdays--Millington, Tn.  Campus

Class Time

8:30 - 1:45 PM

Prerequisites

PS 101 or equivalent

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING: PRINCIPLES,APPLICATIONS,and ISSUES
(6th Edition) by R.M. Kaplan & D.P.Saccuzzo.Published by Thomson/Wadsworth (2005).  ISBN: 0-534-63306-4


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

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:
The final grade is determined by the number of points earned on exams, assignments, class participation, homework, and class presentation.  Six major tests will be given during the term; each test will be worth 100 points.
Tests will be combinations of multiple choice items, essay questions, and problems involving writing skills.

Grading:
POSSIBLE POINTS:
                MAJOR TESTS----------600 POINTS
                HOMEWORK ------------100 POINTS
                CLASS PARTICIPATION--100 POINTS
                GROUP PRESENTATION---100 POINTS


GRADING SCALE:
                 840-900 POINTS------- =   A
                 780-839 POINTS------- =   B
                 720-779 POINTS------- =   C
                 660-719 POINTS------- =   D
                 LESS THAN 659 POINTS  =   F

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should conduct themselves in a mature, responsible, and respectful manner. For example,no private conversations once class period begins, being on time, giving the speaker(be it classmate or instructor) your individual attention.  Please be sure to turn off electronic devices such as alarm on watch, pagers, cell phones, etc.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The textbook is the responsibility of the student and chapters should be read prior to each class meeting.

Students will construct 5 multiple-choice questions, 5 true/false questions, 5 fill-in-the-blank questions, and 5 short answer questions for each set of chapter readings (for example, 20 questions in total for chapters 1,2,& 3 for the 2nd Week). These questions should be typed and a separate answer key should be submitted. These will be due on the class meeting when each chapter is discussed. Students will not have to do the set of constructed questions on the chapter set which contains their "assigned Test presentation." So,in total,each student will do five(5) sets of self-constructed questions.

Each student will be assigned a Test to research and present the results of that research to the class in the latter sessions of the term. Tests will be assigned and dates of presentations will be given on the first class meeting.Details regarding the test research and presentation will be outlined also in the first meeting.

Each student will submit an annotated website regarding the world of test and measurements on the 6th class meeting. This annotated website could pertain to the student's assigned test presentation or not. This assignments should be typed and a brief explanation of the website should be noted in the annotation. This website CANNOT be one from the textbook.


1st Week -- Review of Syllabus, Assignments for Group
           Presentation,General Introduction,Video
           on Testing & Intelligence.  Review of Chapters
           6 & 7.

2nd Week -- Review of Chapters 1 & 2

3rd Week -- Test on Chapters 1,2,6 & 7.
           Review of Chapters 4 & 5.

4th Week -- Test on Chapters 4 & 5.
           Presentations
           Review of Chapters 8,9,& 10.

5th Week -- Test on Chapters 8,9,& 10.
           Presentations
           Review of Chapters 12,13,& 14.

6th Week -- Test on Chapters 12,13,& 14
           Presentations
           Review of Chapters 15,16,& 18.

7th Week -- Test on Chapters 15,16,& 18.
           Presentations
           Review of Chapters 19,20,& 21.

8th Week -- Test on Chapters 19,20,& 21.
           Final Presentations    

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:
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.

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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