PS 302 Tests and Measurements
U1F 2006 MY
Ph.D. Walden University – Psychology – In ProgressM.S. Texas A&I University - PsychologyB.S. Abilene Christian University – Criminal Justice
May 31 – July 26, 2006
5:00 - 10:00 PM
Textbook: Kaplan, R.M., & Saccuzzo, D.P. (2005). Psychological testing: Principles, applications, and issues (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Student Workbook (ISBN 0-534-633080). This workbook accompanies the text; however, it is not mandatory but is very useful.
Costa, P.T., Jr., & McRae, R.R. (1995). Domains and facets: Hierarchical personality assessment using the revised NEO Personality Inventory. Journal of Personality Assessment, 64(1), 21-50.
Crosby, F.J., Iyer, A., Clayton, S., & Downing, R.A. (2003). Affirmative action: Psychological data and the policy debates. American Psychologist, 58(2), 93-115.
Deffenbacher, J.L., Swerner, W.A., Whisman, M.A., Hill, R.A., & Sloan, R.D. (1986). Irrational beliefs and anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 10, 281-292.
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. Prerequisite: PS101. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: The instructor's approach is one of respect for the adult learner. The pattern of study is one of discussion, activities, and projects that tap into the broad experiences Park University's students bring to the classroom. At the same time, challenging questions, observations, and critical debate are valued and conducted in an atmosphere of respect for all attending, instructor and student alike. My goal is to make this course enjoyable for all.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: Midterm Exam
Test Development Project
Grading: 2 Exams @ 100 points = 200
Test Development Project = 200
Participation = 100
93 - 100 = A
83 - 92 = B
73 - 82 = C
63 - 72 = D
62 and below (or more than 15 hours of course time missed) = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Up to 10 points per day may be deducted for late submission of the paper.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 1. Turn off cell phones during class except through advance approval of the instructor.
2. Clean up and remove trash at the end of class.
3. Part of the grade is class attendance, participation, and timeliness; therefore, when you miss class, do not participate, or are late, your grade suffers.
4. Excused absence justification is the student's responsibility, subject to instructor approval.
5. Spontaneous interaction will be encouraged; however, when the instructor requires attention, give it fully.
6. We will discuss snow days, holidays, and syllabus updates in class the first night; keeping up with class policy will be the responsibility of the students. Because Special Projects/field trips may be included, the Instructor may do some scheduling on an individual basis.
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.
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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Class Meeting Schedule
Exams and Assignments Due
1 – Introduction
2 – Norms and Basic Statistics for Testing
3 – Correlation and Regression
4 – Reliability
5 – Validity
6 – Writing and Evaluating Test Items
7 – Test Administration
8 – Interviewing Techniques
Review for Midterm
9 – Theories of Intelligence and the Binet Scales
10 – The Wechsler Intelligence Scales: WAIS-III, WISC-IV, and WPPSI-III
11 – Other Individual Tests of Ability in Education and Special Education
12 – Standardized Tests in Education, Civil Service, and the Military
13 – Applications in Clinical and Counseling Settings
14 – Projective Personality Tests
15 – Tests Based on Psychological Science and the New Age of Computers
20 – Testing in Forensic Settings
Group Presentations; Review for Final
Test Development Project Due (Group)
Last Updated:5/2/2006 5:36:19 PM