This course 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.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2020
- Semester 2 - 2020
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Critically review a range of testing and interviewing methods and questionnaire designs;
2. Apply the practical details of designing, constructing and administering tests and questionnaires;
3. Score, analyse and interpret a range of tests, questionnaires and interviews/open ended responses;
4. Evaluate statistical methods used in test construction and questionnaire design;
5. Recognise the ethical requirements and challenges of using and interpreting psychological tests
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:
- 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, the ethical uses of testing and contemporary statistical methods of test and questionnaire construction;
- Questionnaire design, in which topics such as sampling, enhancing response rates, sample sizes, questionnaire design, and respondent biases are covered; and
- Interviewing techniques, in which the underlying basis of interviewing as an assessment technique is explored.
Related courses PSYC3000, PSYC3500, PSYC3600.
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.
Quiz: Mid semester in-class quiz
Written Assignment: Critical Review Assignment
Formal Examination: Final Exam
Project: Survey design group project
Callaghan and Ourimbah
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term