PS302 Tests & Measurements

for F1N 2006

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PS 302 Tests and Measurements


F1N 2006 SM


Sims, Yolanda


Senior Instructor


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

Office Location

Ft. Bliss

Office Hours

2:oo p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Other Phone



Class Days

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Class Time

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Credit Hours


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

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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: PS 101. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:


The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations. 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:


Student presentation of psychological test or any test, mid-term and final exam.



The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:  mid-term exam (33% of grade), presentation of psychological test or any test (33% of grade), final exam (33% of grade).  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 four or more un-excused absences).

Late Submission of Course Materials:


Late submission of psychological test/any test will not be accepted!

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1th Session Introduction, course overview, review of syllabus.  

                            Lecture:            Chapter 1, The History and Meaning of Assessment.

2nd Session           Lecture:            Chapter 2, Basic Statistical Concepts in Testing & Assessment

3th Session            Lecture:            Chapter 3, Reliability, Validity, and Test Construction

4th Session            Lecture:            Chapter 4, Objective Personality Assessment

5th Session            Lecture:            Chapter 5, Projective and Behavioral Personality Assessment.

6th Session            MID-TERM EXAM   (September 7, 2006)

7th Session Review of Mid-term and Lecture: Chapter 6, The Nature and Assessment of Intelligence.

8th Session            Lecture:            Chapter 7, The Assessment of Aptitudes.

9th Session            Lecture:           Chapter 8, The Assessment of Achievement

                       10th Session          Lecture:            Chapter 9, The Assessment of Interests.

                       11th Session          Lecture:             Chapter 10, The Assessment of Work Values, Career Development

                                                                             & Maturity, Career Indecision.


12th Session          Student Presentation of  Psychological Tests


13th Session          FINAL EXAM  (October 3, 2006)

14th Session          Review of Final Exam (October 5, 2006 last day of school)

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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