PSYCHOLOGY 361
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENT

 

SPRING 2014

Dr. Reagan Brown

Office: GRH 3020

Phone: 745-6939

email: reagan.brown@wku.edu

website: www.reaganbrown.com

 

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00-12:30 or by appointment

Course Objectives: By the completion of this semester, you should have a clear understanding of a wide range of topics related to tests, test theory, and statistics. Although statistics play a minor role in the class, they are necessary and important.

Grading: Four exams will be given in this course. Each exam will count 22% towards the final grade. All exams are non-cumulative. The remaining 12% of your grade will come from your performance on a class project. The project will be a group project involving testing and data collection. The exams are not easy. This is a technical course where detail counts. So, in most cases, close enough is not close enough. On the positive side, you are allowed to use one 4x6 note card (must be hand written) during tests.

Make-Up Policy: Missing an exam necessitates an essay style make-up exam. In order to take the make-up exam, you must have a documented excuse and you must make me aware of this special situation in advance of the scheduled exam.

Class Attendance: Class attendance is extremely important. Skipping class and merely studying the book will not be enough to obtain a decent grade. Besides, there is nothing like a good lecture. Students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the Office for Student Disability Services, Room 445, Potter Hall. The OFSDS telephone number is (270) 745-5004 V/TDD.

Grading Scale: Extra credit will be available both in and out of class. Once the curve is set, grades will be assigned the usual A = 89.5 - 100%, B = 79.5 - 89.4%, C = 69.5 - 79.4%, D = 59.5 - 69.4%, F = below 59.5%. No exceptions, although if you are close I will check to see that you not being penalized by rounding.

Textbook: Brown, R. D. (2012). Fundamentals of Psychological Measurement. (2nd Edition). Self-Published. Free textbook in electronic form.

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Semester Schedule

Date

Topic

Chapter

January 27

Introduction

1

January 29-February 3

Measurement Basics

2

February 5

Correlation and Regression

3

February 10

Classical Test Theory

4

February 12-17

Estimating Reliability

5

February 19

Test I

 

February 24

Item Writing

6

February 26

Item Types

7

March 3

Composite Scores

8

March 5-19

Item Analysis

9

March 24

Test Review

March 26

Test II

 

March 31-April 2

Validity

10

April 7-9

Item Response Theory

11

April 14

Computer Adaptive Testing

12

April 16

Generalizability Theory

April 21

Test Review

 

April 23

Test III

 

April 28-30

Intelligence Testing

On Reserve

May 5-7

Personality Testing

On Reserve

May 7

Projects Due

 

May 16 (1:00)

Test IV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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