PS302 Tests & Measurements

for F1BB 2006

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PS 302 Tests and Measurements


F1BB 2006 HL


Heberle, Manuela G.


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Arts - Counseling
Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

Office Location

Holloman AFB

Office Hours

As Arranged

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

21 August - 15 October 2006

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 2:40 PM


PS 101

Credit Hours


Kaplan, R., & Saccuzzo, D. (2005). Psychological testing: principles, applications, and issues. CA: Wadsworth

Additional Resources:
Groth-Marant, G. (2003). Handbook of psychological assessment (4th edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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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 instructor's educational philosophy rests on the belief that classroom learning is best accomplished through the use of varied methods of instruction.  These will include assigned readings to capture a basic understanding of course material, lecture designed to summarize, highlight, clarify and connect constructs, class discussion to question and extend learned constructs, written assignments to further insight, oral presentations and examinations to measure conceptual learning.

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:
Assessment will be based on a midterm examination, a final examination (non-comprehensive), an unscheduled/pop quiz (only one at some point during the semester), a written report/paper, and an oral presentation.

Mid Term Examination 30% Final Examination (non-comprehensive)30% Pop Quiz (only one) 20% Written Report 10% Oral Presentation 10% Grades will be assigned as follows: 90-100% A; 80-89% B; 70-79% C; 60-69% D; Below 60% F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of assigned course material will not be accepted, unless prior approval has been given by the instructor. Since instructor pre-approval will be given only in isolated cases, the general guideline is that late submission is unacceptable and will result in zero "0" points toward assignment(s) in question.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are asked to adhere to conduct based on the philosophy that all individuals are unique and worthy of respect. As such, students will be expected to demonstrate repectful behaviors toward one another and toward the instructor at all times, without exception.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

26 Aug Overview/Expectations & Chapters 1, 2, 3
2 Sept Report Topic Sign Up & Chapters 4, 5, 6
9 Sept Chapters 7, 8, 9 & Oral Presentations
16 Sept Chapters 10, 11, Oral Pres & Midterm (chapters 1-11)
23 Sept Chapters 12, 13, 14 & Oral Presentations
30 Sept Chapters 15, 16, 17 & Oral Presentations
7 Oct Chapters 18, 19 & Oral Presentations
14 Oct Chapters 20, 21 & Final (chapters 12-21)

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 "W".
  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:
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: .

Additional Information:
Students are required to bring a calculator to class.


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