PSYCHOLOGY 361-001: THE TUESDAY/THURSDAY ONE
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENT

 

FALL 2013

Dr. Reagan Brown

Office: GRH 3020

Phone: 745-6939

email: reagan.brown@wku.edu

website: www.reaganbrown.com

 

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 12:30-2 and 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: Three exams will be given in this course. Each exam will count 29% towards the final grade. The remaining 13% of your grade will come from your performance on a project involving test development, data collection, and item analysis. All exams are non-cumulative. 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 will be allowed to use one note card 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. 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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Schedule

Date

Topic

Chapter

August 27

Introduction

1

August 29-September 3

Measurement Basics

2

September 5

Correlation and Regression

3

September 10

Classical Test Theory

4

September 12-17

Estimating Reliability

5

September 19

Item Writing

6

September 24

Item Types

7

September 26

Test Review

October 1

Test I

 

October 8

Composite Scores

8

October 10-17

Item Analysis

9

October 22-24

Validity

10

October 29-31

Item Response Theory

11

November 5

Test Review

 

November 7

Test II

 

November 12

Computer Adaptive Testing

12

November 14

Generalizability Theory

November 19-26

Intelligence Testing

On Reserve

December 3-5

Personality Testing

On Reserve

December 5

Projects Due

 

December 12 (1:00)

Test III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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