Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject 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.
  • Topics

    • 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
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print Materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials

      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • SWI-PSS350

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

SWI-PSY20007-Developmental Psychology , or SWI-PSS250
and
SWI-PSY20006-Cognition and Human Performance , or SWI-PSS240
and
SWI-STA20006-Analysis of Variance and Regression , or SWI-STA210

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    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.

  • Assignment 1 - Test — Online Tests (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Project — Scale Development (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report — Research Report (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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