Assign yourself a research project addressing the fundamentals of psychological measurement. Learn how to develop psychological scales. Dig into professional psychology writing practices. Design a program that will develop and validate new measures.
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Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
- 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;
- Outline the steps involved in the development of psychological measures, and design your own program for the development and validation of a new measure;
- Calculate, report and interpret key statistics relevant to scale development and evaluation;
- Describe a range of different measurement formats and methods, explaining the pros and cons of each;
- Work collaboratively with peers to achieve project outcomes.
- Theories and methods for psychological measurement
- Fundamentals of test construction
- Methods for evaluating the properties and quality of tests
- Administration and scoring of tests
- Cultural appropriateness and sensitivity of psychological testing
- Professional and ethical issues in psychological measurement and research
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- SWI-PSS350 (Not currently available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- SWI-PSY20007-Developmental Psychology
- SWI-PSS250 (Not currently available)
- SWI-PSY20006-Cognition and Human Performance
- SWI-PSS240 (Not currently available)
- SWI-STA20006-Analysis of Variance and Regression
- SWI-STA210 (Not currently available)
- Other requirements -
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
This subject 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 subject will also address topics in basic psychometric theory, including reliability, validity, and norms. The subject 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 subject.
- Test — Online Tests (10%)
- Report — Scale Development (40%)
- Report — Scale Assessment (50%)
Current study term: 29 Aug 21 to 28 Nov 21
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