PSY204 Psychological Testing (8)

This subject examines both theoretical and practical issues in psychological testing. This subject will address basic psychometric issues in the field of testing, such as test construction, test reliability and test validity. Students will gain familiarity with a range of psychological tests and experience in test evaluation, administration and scoring.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
Online
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY204. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed PSY302 Psychological Testing

Assumed Knowledge
PSY101 and PSY102

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of test theory and test construction;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of test reliability and validity;
  • be able to evaluate test reliability and validity;
  • be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of psychological tests and their uses;
  • be able to apply knowledge of psychometric theory to evaluate a test; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the professional standards and ethical issues that apply to psychological testing.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - Nature and uses of psychological tests
  • - Criticisms and misuses of tests
  • - Social and ethical considerations
  • - Norms and the interpretations of test scores
  • - Reliability
  • - Validity
  • - Item analysis and test construction
  • - General nature and uses of intelligence tests
  • - The IQ debate
  • - Achievement tests
  • - Testing in multicultural settings
  • - Occupational testing
  • - Clinical testing
  • - Personality tests

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY204 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Online test 1
5
2
Online test 2
5
3
Online test 3
5
4
Case study assignment
20
5
Online test 4
5
6
Online test 5
5
7
Online test 6
5
8
Final exam
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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