PS 302 Tests and Measurements
S2T 2007 DLC
Cheryl L. Shirley
Senior Online Instructor
Ph. D. Candidate - Clinical Psychology - Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (Mar 07)M. S. - Clinical Psychology - Pacific Graduate School of PsychologyM. Ed. - Counseling and Personnel Services - University of Maryland
St. Robert, Missouri (Ft. Leonard Wood Campus)
Monday - Friday, 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
03/19/2007 to 05/13/2007
Kaplan, R. M. and Saccuzzo, D. P. (2005). Psychological testing: Principles, applications, and issues (6th ed.). Thomson/Wadsworth, ISBN 0-534-63306-4.
Nicolai, K. (2005). Student workbook for psychological testing: Principles, applications and issues. Thomson/Wadsworth, ISBN 0-534-63308-0
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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: PS 101. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: My teaching philosophy is quite simple--I will provide you with the "keys" that unlock the doors of knowledge in the area of tests and measurements. In return, I hold you responsible to use these keys to increase your understanding of how psychology uses the methods of testing and measurement to assess individual differences in abilities, aptitudes, achievements, characteristics, and traits.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· Class participation
· Achievement test project
· Application paper
· Chapter questions
Link to Class RubricClass 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:
Core Assessment: Using empirical references as the basis of your review, research either a standardized personality, intelligence or educational test and complete a summary critique/report. The review should include: general information about the test including title, author and publisher; a description of the test content, purpose, structure, administration and scoring guidelines; an evaluation of the reliability and validity of the test; a critique of the strengths and weaknesses of using the test in an applied setting; and an analysis of the multicultural application of the test.
Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Other Information on proctored exams:
You will be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final examination, two (2) integrative assignments, weekly homework assignments, a group controversial issues presentation, mastery questions, and participation in online class discussions. Points will be assigned as follows:
Weekly Homework Assignments
Final course grades will be determined as follows:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Policy for Submission of Assignments: All assignments must be submitted via the dropbox as Word or RTF attachments. I do not accept assignments that are e-mailed to me or submitted in an unapproved format.
Policy for Submission of Late Assignments: You have one week after the due date to submit late work. Late work will receive only half of the awarded points.
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact me for clarification.
Online Course Policies
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect everyone to share the responsibility for our learning process. To accomplish this task, we will honor everyone's right to express their own informed opinions. We will engage in several explorations, discussions, and debates throughout this term, and we will not always embrace the same position on many controversial issues. So, in the final analysis, we will agree to simply disagree, and do so with mutual respect.
The following overview provides some guidelines to assist you in planning your coursework and scheduling the major learning activities in this course:
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 87-89Definitions
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.
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
I have taught undergraduate psychology courses online and at the Park University Fort Leonard Wood Campus since 1999. Prior to venturing into academia, I served 20 years on active duty in the United States Air Force (11 years) and the United States Army (9 years), serving in positions ranging from wheeled vehicle mechanic to Registrar, Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center. I accepted a direct commission late in my military career, transitioning from a MSgt in the USAF to a CPT in the USA. I served my last assignment as the Chief of Psychology Service at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital before retiring from active duty in 1997.
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