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  • PSYCHOLOGY 104    Section:

    APPLIED PSYCHOMETRICS

    Winter Quarter 2008

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing in Psychology, Psychology 41 and 103, Statistics 13.

    Course Description: This course introduces students to the topic of psychological measurement. Researchers in psychology, as in many of the social sciences, cannot directly measure many psychological constructs such as intelligence, depression, and anxiety. Because of this, there is no consensus regarding how to measure psychological constructs. In many of these situations, researchers ask the participant, or in some cases someone who knows him/her (e.g., mother, sibling, spouse) a series of questoins from a survey or test and calculate a score(s) designed to represent their ability, attitude, level or amount of the construct. These psychological measures are limited as they (1) are based on limited samples of behavior, (2) are subject to error, (3) lack well-defined unites of measurement, and (4) cannot solely be defined in terms of their operational definitions. These limitaitons contaminate the measurement reducing the meaningfulness of the score(s) obtained from such measures.

    This course will introduce you to a series of statistical techniques to help determine whether scores from a given psychological measure are meaninful.

    Course Format: This is a 4 unit course comprised of four hours of lecture and computer exercises each week.

    Course Topics: Classical Test Theory (CTT), Scaling, Reliability and Validity

    Grading: Grades are based on the student's performance on an individual project, group project, one test and participation/homework assignments.

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    Classroom Class Schedule Course Website
    188 Young M W   2:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Kevin Grimm , Ph.D. 174G Young Hall WTh 10:30-11:30pm