Measurements And Statistics –

psych525

(3 credits)

This course provides students with a foundation in statistical methods and principles of measurement and assessment necessary for competency in research, evaluation, and treatment planning for professional psychology practice applications.  Students learn statistical models, procedures, and measurement practices that are relevant to the mastery of examination procedures in psychoeducational assessment, organizational assessment, and clinical examinations that use standardized testing instruments, criterion-based assessments, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Overview of Measurement and Statistical Applications

  • Explain the effect of historical events on the development of psychological testing.
  • Evaluate test results using the normal distribution.
  • Classify data using scales of measurement.
  • Describe data using standard deviation, t-scores, z-scores, and correlation.

Reliability and Validity

  • Compare and contrast the four types of reliability.
  • Compare and contrast the four types of validity.
  • Analyze test bias and the ethical implications of bias for diverse populations.
  • Explain how legal issues can be related to psychological assessment.

Scale Development

  • Prepare an instrument that measures a particular construct.
  • Analyze the approaches used to develop psychological tests.
  • Analyze methods of item selection and item performance evaluation.
  • Evaluate various approaches for scaling psychological constructs.

Intelligence and Educational Assessment

  • Critique the major definitions of intelligence.
  • Evaluate measurements of intelligence.
  • Compare and contrast intelligence and achievement assessments.

Personality Assessment

  • Analyze the relationship between the major theories of personality and assessments of personality.
  • Analyze the ethical considerations associated with personality assessments.

Neuropsychological and Workplace Assessment

  • Explain how neuropsychological instruments are used to assess disability or neurological dysfunction.
  • Describe the purposes and uses of psychological assessments in the workplace.

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