Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Identify theoretical and practical issues associated with measurement, scale development and evaluation
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the concepts of reliability and validity and their underlying theories
  3. Conduct traditional and advanced statistical techniques to evaluate the reliability and validity of a scale
  4. Conduct a Rasch analysis using specialised software
  5. Critically evaluate published research relevant to scale development, psychometric testing and item response theory
  6. Demonstrate verbal and written skills in relation to critically evaluating empirical findings associated with the development and psychometric properties of a scale.
  • Topics

    • Theories of measurement
    • Issues associated with measurement and scaling
    • Principles of scale development and psychometric evaluation
    • Reliability
    • Validity
    • Item Response Theory and Rasch Modelling
    • Practical applications of measurement and scale development
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

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

      • Welcome letter

Entry Requirements

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

SWI-STA70002-Multivariate Statistics , or SWI-HMS780

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject gives students an understanding of the issues associated with measurement in the health and social sciences. Students will be introduced to the principles and practice of developing and evaluating scales and measures.

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

  • Quizzes — Online (10%)
  • Assignments — 2 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (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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