Advanced Psychological Measurement

Description

It examines the theory and practice underlying the design and construction of psychological tests (ability and personality), questionnaires and interviews. A variety of testing materials, questionnaires and interview types are introduced in lectures and also in practical sessions that provide basic training in their design, construction, administration and interpretation.

Forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Provide a knowledge of a range of testing and interviewing methods and questionnaire designs;

2. Familiarise students with the practical details of designing, constructing, administering and interpreting tests, questionnaires and interviews;

3. Introduce the basic skills required for administering tests and interviews;

4. Provide an understanding of how to choose, score, analyse and interpret tests, questionnaires and interviews;

5. Familiarise students with some of the statistical techniques used in test construction and questionnaire design.

Content

This course examines the theory underlying psychological test and questionnaire construction and interviewing, and introduces a range of materials and techniques through practical sessions.

Lectures and practical sessions are divided into three sections:

  1. Psychometric testing, in which students will investigate such issues as the historical background of testing, types of test for various purposes, how tests are developed and shown to be reliable and valid, guidelines for administering tests, how norms are constructed and used, and the ethical uses of testing and, contemporary statistical methods of test and questionnaire construction;
  2. Questionnaire design, in which topics such as sampling, enhancing response rates, sample sizes, questionnaire design, and respondent biases are covered; and
  3. Interviewing techniques, in which the underlying basis of interviewing as an assessment technique is explored.   Topics covered will include:
  • interview design,
  • carrying out an interview (including interpersonal skills),
  • interview types (research, workplace, persuasive, etc.),
  • avoiding cultural bias in interviewing, and
  • qualitative and quantitative analysis of interview data.

Related courses PSYC3000, PSYC3500, PSYC3600.

Assumed Knowledge

Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units of the degree program in which they are enrolled, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Mid semester in-class quiz

Written Assignment: Critical Review Assignment

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Project: Survey design group project

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term