PSYC3302 Psychological Measurement and its Application

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit introduces classical test theory and latent trait theories of psychological measurement. In the context of ability testing, students are taught test construction skills including selecting items for a test, plotting item responses, assessing test reliability and validity, and examining 'latent traits' using correlation, partial correlation and factor analysis. Students then use these test construction skills to create a new test of a different construct (e.g. empathy). The unit also includes applied measurement—how tests are used as individual assessment instruments and/or selection instruments in real life.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) acquire key knowledge of the principles underlying psychometric measurement, testing and assessment—this requires an understanding of scaling, psychometric functions, item characteristics, reliability and validity; (2) be aware of best practice in assessment, including ethical issues associated with psychological testing; and (3) become familiar with the analysis of individual differences and statistics in common with those used in test construction—covariance, correlation, regression and introductory factor analysis.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class assessment; (2) assignments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Hurlstone
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
and
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
and
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
and
one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via LMS (Learning Management System).

Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They are required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Texts

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list.

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