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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Psychological Measurement
PSYC-421

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/11/2020

Course Description

A study of standardized tests in psychology, counseling and education. Includes personality, aptitude, general ability, achievement and interest tests. Elementary statistics necessary to test usage and interpretation will be a part of the course.

Requisites

Prerequisites

PSYC 355 and PSYC 255 and (PSYC 101 or PSYC 210)

Rationale

Thousands of psychological tests are used in the fields of psychology, counseling, business, and education.  However, not all of these tests meet accepted standards of reliability and validity.  It is important for the student to be able to evaluate if a particular psychological test meets accepted standards. In addition to identifying proper tests, students must also be aware of the many types of tests used in clinical settings and how these tests are used, the limitations of tests, the information derived from these tests, and how they are used to formulate treatment.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO’s)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate qualitative as well as quantitative methods of analysis in determining the quality of a good and bad tests for suitability in clinical settings.
  • Evaluate the nature and purposes of testing, how results are used and how results can be misused. Students will also understand how results are used to form treatment in clinical settings.
  • Demonstrate the skills of gathering information from a library including computerized information sources, bibliographic systems, computerized literacy skills in word processing, APA format, conducting internet/electronic searches, as well as application of other resources from which one can present a persuasive argument.
  • Evaluate the language of the discipline found in textbooks and scientific journal articles, and present written arguments in the terminology of the discipline using elements of style and the presentation of scientific information described in the most recent Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major psychological tests used to assess personality, ability and aptitude and how this information is used in clinical settings.

Course Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resources, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Cohen, R. J. & Swerdlik, M. E. (2017). Psychological testing and assessment: An introduction to tests and measurement (9th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
    5. Adobe Acrobat Reader
    6. APA Style http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations (CLO’s A–E)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

There will be 6 Discussion Board Forums throughout the term. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant, current course topics. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 350 words as well as replies of at least 150 words to 2 other students’ threads. (CLO’s A–E)

Statistics Refresher Assignment

In this assignment, the student will review statistical concepts and practice basic statistical procedures, including frequency, median, mode, range, average and standard deviation, variance, central tendency, variability, graphing, z-scores, and T–scores. A simulated scenario will also be completed in order to demonstrate practical application of statistical data. (CLO’s A–E)

Item Development and Analysis Worksheet

The student will complete a worksheet in order to learn how to perform specific quantitative and qualitative processes and analyses involved in test item creation and evaluation. (CLO’s A, B, D and E)

Test Evaluation Paper

The student will evaluate 1 psychological test that is not covered in the textbook or course lectures. The student will choose his/her test and report on the psychometric properties of the test as well as justify his/her choice. The assignment will be 3–5 pages in length, including a title page and a references page. All elements of the paper should adhere current APA formatting guidelines.
(CLO’s A–E)

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will create a PowerPoint presentation on the Barnum Effect or on how to properly conduct a clinical Psychological Interview. The student must integrate course content and scholarly research into his/her choice of presentation. The student will be graded based on his/her presentation’s content, aesthetics, and adherence to current APA formatting. (CLO’s B, C and E)

LearnSmart Assessments (13)

The student will complete a LearnSmart Assessment for each assigned chapter of reading in the course textbook. These Assessments are an adaptive learning tool utilized as a formative measure of students’ mastery of learning objectives. The LearnSmart Assessments are taken open-book/open-note. (CLO’s A–E). Credit for LearnSmart Assessments is available only when completed within the assigned week.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (6 at 50 pts each)

300

Statistics Refresher Assignment

100

Item Development and Analysis Worksheet

100

Test Evaluation Paper

100

PowerPoint Presentation

80

LearnSmart Assessments (40 pts each x 8 weeks)

320

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

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While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

PSYC 421

Textbook: Cohen & Swerdlik, Psychological Testing and Assessment (2017).

Module/

Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Cohen & Swerdlik.: chs. 1–2

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

LearnSmart Assessment 1

LearnSmart Assessment 2

10

0

50

20

20

2

Cohen & Swerdlik.: chs. 3–4

Statistics Refresher Assignment

DB Forum 2

LearnSmart Assessment 3

LearnSmart Assessment 4

100

50

20

20

3

Cohen & Swerdlik: chs. 5–6

DB Forum 3

LearnSmart Assessment 5

LearnSmart Assessment 6

50

20

20

4

Cohen & Swerdlik: chs. 8

DB Forum 4

Item Analysis Worksheet

LearnSmart Assessment 8

50

100

40

5

Cohen & Swerdlik: chs. 9

DB Forum 5
LearnSmart Assessment 9

50

40

6

Cohen & Swerdlik: chs. 10

Test Evaluation Paper

LearnSmart Assessment 10

100

40

7

Cohen & Swerdlik: chs. 11–12

DB Forum 6

PowerPoint Presentation

LearnSmart Assessment 11

LearnSmart Assessment 12

50

80

20

20

8

Cohen & Swerdlik: chs. 13–14

LearnSmart Assessment 13

LearnSmart Assessment 14

20

20

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

 

 

NOTE: Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.