Advanced Psychological Measurement

Course code PSYC3001Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

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

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesThe main objectives of the course are to:

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.
ContentThis 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.
Replacing Course(s)PSYC3070
TransitionStudents who have completed PSYC3070 will not be required to complete PSYC3001.
PSYC3001 is not to count with PSYC3070.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents 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.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassA mid-semester exam will cover selected material covered in the first part of the course.
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignments may consist of an essay and/or a lab report covering selected topics and skills.
Examination: FormalFinal exam will be based on all material covered in Lectures, Labs and Readings
Laboratory ExercisesSome in-lab exercises may be used to increase student skill levels in some practical areas of Psychometric testing.
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC3001