Scale Development and Evaluation - 2016

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Unit summary

STA80008

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignments (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,600.00
Domestic continuing 2,332.00
International 2,850.00
International continuing 2,582.00

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The aim of this unit of study is to give students an understanding of the issues associated with measurement in the “soft” sciences. Students will be introduced to the principles and practice of developing and evaluating scales and measures.
 

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to: 
  1. Describe the general issues associated with measurement in the social and health sciences
  2. Compare relevant measurement theories (Classical Test Theory and Generalizability Theory)
  3. Evaluate the limitations of unidimensional scaling techniques including Likert, Guttman and Thurstone scaling
  4. Assess the relationship between variables measured using these scales
  5. Compare the various validity and reliability measures commonly used for scale evaluation
  6. Explain item response theory and its use in scale development
  7. Evaluate the psychometric properties of a scale using suitable software
  8. Prepare a research report describing the development and evaluation of the psychometric properties of a scale
  • Assignments (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

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

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1.Theories of measurement
2Issues associated with measurement and scaling
3Principles of scale development and psychometric evaluation
4Reliability
5Validity
6Item Response Theory and Rasch Modelling
7Practical applications of measurement and scale development

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

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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