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Unformatted text preview: Positively Impacting Learning Through Evidence-Based Practices COLLEGE OF EDUCATION VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING PSYC 3900, TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS, 3 CREDIT HOURS FALL SEMESTER 2011 Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. - C h i n e s e P r o v e r b REQUIRED TEXTBOOK(S) Cohen, R. J., &amp; Swerdlik, M. E. (2010). Psychological testing and assessment: An introduction to tests and measurement (7th ed.). San Francisco, CA: McGraw-Hill. COURSE DESCRIPTION Principles, techniques, and theory underlying construction and use of tests for educational and psychological measurement. Prerequisite: PSYC 3500 with a grade of &quot;C&quot; or better . VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION OUTCOMES 3. Students will use computer and information technology when appropriate. 4. Students will express themselves clearly, logically, and precisely in writing and in speaking, and they will demonstrate competence in reading and listening. 5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of scientific and mathematical principles and proficiency in laboratory practices. 7. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze, to evaluate, and to make inferences from oral, written, and visual materials. COURSE EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES FOR B.A./B.S. PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE 1. Use the scientific method as a primary basis for engaging in critical thinking and evaluating multiple sources of information. 2. Review empirical studies of psychology, analyze their research findings, and draw appropriate inferences in reference to reliability and validity. 4. Articulate controversial and ethical issues in psychology. 6. Use appropriately the technical language of the science of psychology in oral and written communication. 11. Use appropriate computer technology to complete relevant assignments. 12. Interact effectively and work productively with others. COURSE OBJECTIVES This course is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts involved in psychological assessment and measurement. The general goals of this course are to introduce students to the nature, problems and potential of psychological testing. The course will include both a traditional teaching model (i.e., textbook, lecture and tests) as well as a strong experiential component (hands-on projects, test development, etc.). By the end of this course, students will: 1. Understand basic concepts of test/measure construction. 2. Understand concepts of standardization and interpretation of norms. 3. Understand how to evaluate the &quot;goodness&quot; of a measure. Positively Impacting Learning Through Evidence-Based Practices 4. Gain experience in developing and evaluating a measure. 5. Be familiar with the various theoretical, ethical and professional issues related to psychological assessment....
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- Fall '10
- Psychology, psyc