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PS 302 Tests and Measurements
West, Alice


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an 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.

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

Course

PS 302 Tests and Measurements

Semester

S2T 2006 DLA

Faculty

West, Alice

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota
B.A. Psychology, University of Minnesota

Office Hours

24/7

E-Mail

Alice.West@park.edu

Semester Dates

3/13/06-5/7/06

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

PS 101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
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

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


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:
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  

Grading:
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

Late Submission of Course Materials:
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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
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

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
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 University.  Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

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.
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

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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