PS302 Tests & Measurements

for U1B 2006

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PS 302 Tests and Measurements


U1B 2006 BL


Sims, Yolanda


Adjunt Faculty


Bachelor of Science, Management/Health Care
Master of Arts, Counseling

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

May 22 through July 12, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours


Walsh, Bruce W., Betz, Nancy E., Tests & Assessment, (4th Edition), Prentice-Hall Publishing Company, 2001.

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:
Student Presentation of Psychological test or any test, mid-term exam and final exam.

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:  Mid-Term Exam  & Final Exam (presentations will be rated on a student by student basis).  The following will be used to assign course letter grades:
       90 - 100 A
80 - 89 B
70 - 79 C
60 - 69 D
Below 60 F (for three or
more un-excused absences)

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1 th Session:   Introduction, course overview, review of syllabus.  Lecture:  Chapter l, The History and Meaning of Assessment.

2 nd Session Continued Lecture: Chapter 1, The History and Meaning of

3 rd Session Lecture: Chapter 2, Basic Statistical Concepts in Testing and
4th Session Lecture: Chapter 3, Reliability, Validity, and Test Construction.

5th Session Lecture: Chapter 4, Objective Personality Assessment.

6th Session Lecture: Chapter 5, Projective and Behavioral Personality

7th Session MID-TERM EXAM (June 12, 2006)

8th Session Review of Mid-term exam, Lecture:  Chapter 6, The Nature and
Assessment of Intelligence.

9 th Session Lecture: Chapter 7, The Assessment of Aptitudes.

10th Session Lecture: Chapter 8, The Assessment of Achievement.

11th Session Lecture: Chapter 9, The Assessment of Interests.

12 th Session Lecture: Chapter 10, The Assessment of Work Values, Career Development and Maturity, and Career Indecision.

13th Session Student Presentation of Psychological Tests.

14th Session Student Presentations of Psychological Tests.

15th Session Final Exam (July 10, 2006)

16th Session Review results of Final Exam July 12, 2006
(last day of class)

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.

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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