PSYCHOLOGY 563
PSYCHOMETRICS

 

Spring 2014

Dr. Reagan Brown

Office: GRH 3020

Phone: 745-6939

email: reagan.brown@wku.edu

website: www.reaganbrown.com

 

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-11:30 or by appointment

Course Objectives: This is an advanced course designed to cover both theories and techniques of psychological measurement. By the end of this semester, you should have a clear understanding of statistics, measurement theory, and test construction.

Grading: Grades will be assigned as follows. An “A” for the final grade in the course requires a minimum course average of 89.5. A “B” requires a minimum of 79.5, and so on, and such and forth. An 89.49 is a “B.” This sounds harsh, but a meaningful line must be drawn. Also, you’ll learn below that it’s not as bad as it sounds. 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.

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 28

Introduction

1

January 30-February 4

Measurement Basics

2

February 6-11

Correlation and Regression

3

February 13

Classical Test Theory

4

February 18

Estimating Reliability

5

February 20

Item Writing

6

February 25

Test Review

February 27

Test I

 

March 4

Item Types

7

March 6

Composite Scores

8

March 18-25

Item Analysis

9

March 27

Item Bias

April 1-3

Validity

10

April 8

Test Review

April 10

Test II

 

April 15-17

Item Response Theory

11

April 22

Computer Adaptive Testing

12

April 24

Generalizability Theory

April 29-May 1

Factor Analysis

May 6

Topic To Be Named Later

May 8

Projects Due & Test Review

 

May 15 (10:30)

Test III

 


 
 
 



 

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