Psychology Project - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Workbook Individual (20%) , Project (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,700.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,950.00

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of psychological measurement. Students will gain familiarity with the general process of developing psychological scales, including a variety of measurement methods and administration formats. The unit will also address topics in basic psychometric theory, including reliability, validity, and norms. The unit is project-based and students will work in groups to complete some key assessment tasks. Students will be given the opportunity to develop professionally relevant skills and experience in the selection, construction and evaluation of psychological tests and measures.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of a good psychological measure and explain how to evaluate the usefulness and appropriateness of a specific instrument for a specific application
  2. Outline the steps involved in the development of psychological measures, and design your own program for the development and validation of a new measure
  3. Calculate, report and interpret key statistics relevant to scale development and evaluation
  4. Describe a range of different measurement formats and methods, explaining the pros and cons of each
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work in a team to achieve project outcomes.
  • Assessment — Workbook Individual (20%)
  • Project (30%)
  • Report — Research Report (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PSS350 — Psychological Measurement Project

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theories and methods for psychological measurement
2Fundamentals of test construction
3Methods for evaluating the properties and quality of tests
4Administration and scoring of tests
5Cultural appropriateness and sensitivity
6Professional and ethical issues in psychological measurement and research

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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