PS 302 Tests & Measurements
Yolanda Sims, Ph.D., Instructor
19 October through 7 December, 2004
Tuesday and Thursday, 1400 - 1700 hours
Phone (915) 564-5803, Mail Box # 32
Fort Bliss, Texas
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Introduction to the uses of psychological tests and the techniques of test construction and evaluation. Topics include: an evaluative survey of common tests in the areas of general classifications, differential testing of abilities, and measurements of personality characteristics.
II. GOALS OF THE COURSE
The course is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge of common tests, (strengths and weaknesses of tests) and to familiarize the student with the social and ethical implications of tests.
III. LEARNING OBJECTIVES
A. Gain knowledge of the function of tests, their nature and use.
B. Learn about test norms and interpretation of scores, what validity and reliability imply, and how tests are constructed.
C. Find out about measures of general intellectual abilities.
D. Become familiar with educational, occupational and clinical tools of special abilities.
E. Identify the various personality measures, inventories of interests, and attitude surveys.
IV. COURSE ARRANGEMENTS
Lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, class reviews of basic concepts.
V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
· Students are responsible for reading the textbook.
· Students are required to be present at all class meetings.
· Students are required to take all examinations at the scheduled times.
VI. COURSE TEXT
Walsh, Bruce W., Betz, Nancy E., Tests & Assessment, (4h Edition), Prentice-Hall Publishing Company, 2001.
VII. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES - None
VIII. CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
1 th Session Introduction, course overview, review of syllabus. Lecture: Chapter 1, The History and Meaning of Assessment.
2 nd Session Lecture: Chapter 2, Basic Statistical Concepts in Testing and Assessment
3 th Session Lecture: Chapter 3, Reliability, Validity, and Test Construction.
4 th Session Lecture: Chapter 4, Objective Personality Assessment.
5 th Session Lecture: Chapter 5, Projective and Behavioral Personality Assessment.
6 th Session MID-TERM EXAM (November 4, 2004)
7th Session Review of Mid-term exam, Lecture: Chapter 6, The Nature and Assessment of Intelligence.
8th Session Lecture: Chapter 7, The Assessment of Aptitudes.
9 th Session Lecture: Chapter 8, The Assessment of Achievement.
10 th Session Lecture: Chapter 9, The Assessment of Interests.
11 th Session Lecture: Chapter 10, The Assessment of Work Values, Career Development and Maturity, and Career Indecision.
12 th Session Presentation of Psychological Tests.
13 th Session FINAL EXAM (December 2, 2004)
14 th Session Review results of Final Exam (December 7, 2004 - last day of class)
IX. CLASS POLICIES
Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Students are expected to come to all classes and be on time. Roll will be checked each class meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must make up the missed work. The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence either prior to or immediately after the absence. Two un-excused absences are excessive and three un-excused absences will result in an involuntary withdrawal and a grade of “F” for the course.
X. ACADEMIC HONESTY
Submitting someone else’s work as your own will not be tolerated. If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of F and dropped from the course. The second violation results in automatic expulsion from the school. The Assistant Vice President will be notified in writing of the action taken.
XI. GRADING POLICY
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 (or for three or more un-excused absences)