PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES 518
STATISTICS AND PSYCHOMETRIC THEORY

 

 

Reagan Brown, Ph.D.

Spring 2019

Office: GRH 3032

Phone: 745-6939

email: reagan.brown@wku.edu

website: www.reaganbrown.com

 

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:00 & 2:15-3:45. I am also available by appointment

Catalog Description: Introduction to psychometric theory. Emphasis on statistical techniques and construction of psychological measurement instruments.

Course Objectives: By the end of this semester, you will have a clear understanding of all of the topics listed in the above description. Also, you will learn to love these topics. And that may be just as important.

Grading: Grades will be based on your performance on three tests and a project.

Make-Up Policy: Missing an exam necessitates a make-up exam of a different format than the original 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.

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ADA Accommodation Statement: In compliance with University policy, students with disabilities who require academic and/or auxiliary accommodations for this course must contact the Student Accessibility Resource Center located in Downing Student Union, 1074. SARC can be reached by phone number at 270-745-5004 [270-745-3030 TTY] or via email at sarc.connect@wku.edu . Please do not request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor without a faculty notification letter (FNL) from The Student Accessibility Resource Center.

Grading Scale: 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. (2016). Fundamentals of Psychological Measurement. (3rd Edition). Self-Published. Free textbook in electronic form.

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Semester Schedule

Date

Topic

Chapter

January 22

Introduction

1

January 24

Measurement Basics

2

January 29

Measurement Basics (cont'd)

2

January 31

Correlation and Regression

3

February 5

Classical Test Theory

4

February 7

Estimating Reliability

5

February 12

Estimating Reliability (cont'd)

5

February 14

Item Writing

6

February 19

Test Review

February 21

Test I

 

February 26

Item Types

7

February 28

Composite Scores

8

March 12

Item Analysis

9

March 14

Item Analysis (cont'd)

9

March 19

Item Bias

March 21

Validity

10

March 26

Validity (cont'd)

10

March 28

Predictive Accuracy

April 2

Test Review

April 4

Test II

 

April 9

Item Response Theory

11

April 11

Item Response Theory (cont'd)

11

April 16

Computer Adaptive Testing

12

April 18

Generalizability Theory

April 23

Factor Analysis

April 25

Factor Analysis (cont'd)

April 30

Factor Analysis (cont'd)

May 2

Projects Due & Test Review

 

May 10 (8:00)

Test III