1 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 1 PSYC 320 DEA Psychological Testing and Measurement March Session (14-54) Monday, March 23, 2015 Saturday, May 16, 2015 Course Description Textbooks Study of informal and standardized test development, administration and evaluation including the history of testing, concepts of reliability, validity, utility and psychometrics of intelligence, personality, clinical, counseling, neuropsychological assessment and career testing using the normative and criterion-referenced approaches. Prerequisite: BIOL/PSYC/SOCI 324 and 9 hours of PSYC coursework. Proctored Exams: -- Final Required Cohen, R.J., Swerdlik, M.L., and Sturman, E. (2013). Psychological testing and assessment: An introduction to tests and measurements (8 th ed.). New York: The McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13: Recommended American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6 th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN-13: Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order online at (be sure to select Online Education rather than your home campus before selecting your class) by phone at For additional information about the bookstore, visit
2 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 2 Course Overview This course examines the theories, principles, and concepts of psychological tests and measures. These principles are found in every facet of life. Wherever you live, whatever your occupation or field of study, you are affected by psychological test concepts, applications, and measures. If you have ever made a decision, voted, listened to the weather report, or used a computer, you have used psychometric principles that we will study in this course. Technology Requirements Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College: A computer with reliable Internet access, a web browser, Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office. You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site. Course Objectives To learn the history of psychological testing. To learn how theories, principles and concepts are used in psychometric assessment and are applied in educational, clinical and employment contexts. To compute and interpret basic psychometric statistics. To produce a library or field research report in APA style and format. Measurable Learning Outcomes Describe the history and use of testing and assessments. Apply basic statistical concepts as they apply to assessment. Define and describe types of reliability. Describe the process of test development. Explain norm-referenced and criterion-referenced testing. Describe personality assessments and theories. Describe intelligence tests and theories. Describe aptitude assessments. Describe achievement assessments. Describe interest assessments. Describe work and career assessments. Evaluate ethical issues in society and testing. Synthesize knowledge of psychological testing in an APA style research paper.
3 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 3 Grading Grading Scale GRADE POINTS PERCENT A B C D F Grade Weights ASSIGNMENT POINTS PERCENT Discussion A % Discussion B 80 8% Discussion Responses 80 8% Paper % Quizzes % Midterm Exam % Final Exam % Total % Schedule of Due Dates WEEK ASSIGNMENT POINTS DUE Personal Introduction 0 Sunday Self-Assessment Quiz Syllabus 10 Through Week 4 Self-Assessment Quiz Scholarship/APA Style 10 Through Week 4 1 Discussion 1A 20 Wednesday Discussion 1B 10 Friday Quiz 1 10 Sunday Discussion 2A 20 Wednesday Discussion 2B 10 Friday 2 Quiz 2 10 Sunday Submit Proctor Information (Dropbox Area) 0 Sunday Discussion 3A 20 Wednesday 3 Discussion 3B 10 Friday Quiz 3 10 Sunday Discussion 4A 20 Wednesday Discussion 4B 10 Friday 4 Quiz 4 10 Sunday Midterm Examination 200 Sunday Discussion 5A 20 Wednesday 5 Discussion 5B 10 Friday Quiz 5 10 Sunday 6 Discussion 6A 20 Wednesday Discussion 6B 10 Friday
4 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e Scholarly APA-styled Paper (Dropbox area) 200 Friday Quiz 6 10 Sunday Discussion 7A 20 Wednesday Discussion 7B 10 Friday Quiz 7 10 Sunday Discussion 8B 10 Friday Quiz 8 10 Saturday Final Examination (Proctored) 200 Saturday Total 1000 Assignment Overview Readings, Assignments, and Class Participation: Students are expected to complete each week s readings and activities, submit discussions, discussion responses, quizzes, and examinations on time. Students will be required to read additional scholarly materials from sources such as professional journals, relevant books, multimedia sources, and reputable websites. Personal Introduction: During the first week of class, students are asked to introduce themselves to other students, using the Personal Introductions topic located in the Discussion area. Submit this assignment by Sunday 11:59 PM CT of Week 1, using the Discussion area for this course. Note that this is an ungraded assignment. Discussion A : Students are required to respond to seven Discussion A assignments (one each week, excluding Week 8). These assignments are intended to facilitate achieving course learning objectives through critical analysis and evaluation of relevant issues. As such, they require independent study beyond the textbook readings and the scholarly exchange of ideas with fellow students using the online classroom. These weekly assignments involve developing a response to one selected question with the use of theory (logical arguments) and/or research (empirical investigation). Discussion A assignments consist of demonstrating more than basic comprehension of principles, themes, and concepts. They require advancing a position, defending and critiquing that position in accordance with standards of scholarship and general guidelines of the APA style. Citation of at least one scholarly source other than (or in addition to) the textbook is required. Students are advised to review the APA style of manuscript preparation at Grading criteria are provided in the A Discussion assignments rubric below and in the Rubrics area for this course. Discussion A assignments must be submitted by Wednesday, 11:59 PM, CT of the assigned week, using the Discussion area for this course. [1 weekly A assignment x 7 weeks x 20 points each = 140 possible points] Discussion B : Students are required to respond to eight Discussion B assignments. These assignments are intended to facilitate achieving course learning objectives through hands-on exercises, practical experience, multimedia resources, and the participative exchange of ideas and information with fellow students using the online classroom. These weekly assignments consist of applied learning activities and do not require additional research or citation of references. Students are expected to participate in at least one selected exercise, and then share their ideas, opinions, experiences, thoughts, and reactions with other students. Grading criteria are provided in the B Discussion assignments rubric below and in the Rubrics area for this course. Discussion B assignments must be submitted by Friday, 11:59 PM, CT of the assigned week, using the Discussion area for this course. [1 weekly B assignment x 8 weeks x 10 points each = 80 possible points] Discussion Responses: Students are required to submit discussion responses to discussions and/or discussion responses submitted by other students and/or the instructor. Two discussion responses
5 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 5 will be graded each week. More discussion responses than are required are encouraged to contribute to and promote ongoing dialogue, consonant with the learning objectives for this course. Students are invited to share their reactions, experiences, thoughts, and opinions - and ask follow-up questions that promote critical and/or creative thinking. Note that Students often express strong opinions and counter-opinions in these assignments; accordingly, comments are expected to be expressed ethically, responsibly, respectfully, and defensibly. Grading criteria are provided in the discussion responses rubric below and in the Rubrics area for this course. Discussion responses must be submitted by Saturday, 11:59 PM CT of the assigned week, using the Discussion area for this course. [16 Discussion Responses x 5 points each = 80 possible points] Course Paper: Each student is expected to write an original, scholarly paper, addressing a topic relevant to the course. For a list of sample topics, refer to the link, Sample Topics for the Psychology Paper. For additional information about writing a scholarly paper, refer to the instructor s documents: How to Write a Scholarly Paper and How to Defend a Position in Psychology. The course paper should demonstrate critical thinking skills commensurate with advanced levels of scholarship, such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis. The paper must follow current APA guidelines (refer to the APA Publication Manual and/or visit the APA website at for further assistance). The paper should be double-spaced, using a 12-point font size and a common font face, such as Times New Roman. The paper should be six pages in length, at a minimum, excluding the title, abstract and reference pages. Grading criteria are provided in the course paper rubric below and in the Rubrics area for this course. The paper must be submitted by Friday, 11:59 PM, CT of Week 6, using the Dropbox area for this course. [1 psychology paper x 200 points = 200 possible points] Note: Work submitted for this class must not have been used previously by you or another individual. If you are retaking this course, you must submit all new and original work. Be sure to review the Plagiarism Tutorial located in the Content area of this course. (Note that the examples in this tutorial are based on MLA style. Psychology courses, such as this one, use APA publication style.) Self-assessment Quizzes: Students are expected to complete two (2) self-assessment quizzes during the first half of this course. The purpose of these quizzes is to optimize performance by orienting students to (1) essential aspects of the course syllabus, and (2) general standards of scholarship and the use of APA style and format. These two quizzes may be taken more than once, at any time during the period from Monday, 12:01 AM CT of Week 1 through Saturday, 11:59 PM CT of Week 4, using the Quizzes area for this course. [2 quizzes x 10 points each = 20 total possible points] Chapter Quizzes: Students are required to complete a weekly quiz consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions covering the week s assigned readings. Each week s quiz may be taken at any time during the week but must be submitted no later than by Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT, of the assigned week, using the Quizzes area for this course. [1 weekly quiz x 8 weeks x 10 points each = 80 possible points] Midterm Examination: Students are required to complete a midterm examination consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions, covering all course readings to date. The midterm examination is not proctored; you may use books and other resources. However, it is a timed test taken online, so you will not have much time to look up information. The midterm examination may be completed at any time during the period from Tuesday, 12:01 AM, through Sunday, 11:59 PM CT, of Week 4, using the Quizzes area for this course. [50 questions x 4 points each = 200 possible points] Final Examination: Students are required to complete a final examination consisting of 50 multiplechoice questions, covering all course readings since the midterm examination (that is, the final examination is not comprehensive). The final examination is a proctored exam. You will not be able to consult your text or other resources during the exam. Use of flashdrives and outside websites is not permitted. The final examination is completed under supervision of an approved proctor, at any time during the period from Tuesday, 12:01 AM, through Saturday, 11:59 PM CT, of Week 8, using the Quizzes area for this course. [50 questions x 4 points each = 200 possible points]
6 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 6 Course Schedule Week 1 Tests and Measurements: An Overview Readings: Chapters 1-2 Introduction: Use the Personal Introduction topic to introduce yourself. Please provide us with more than your name. You may wish to include information about your present profession, hobbies, interest in psychology and/or sociology, professional aspirations, and any other information that can help us get to know you. Submit your personal introduction anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM CT of this week using the designated discussion topic in the Discussion area. Discussion 1A: Select one of this week s A Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your corresponding Discussion 1B: Select one of this week s B Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your Self-Assessment Quiz Course Syllabus: Take your multiple choice quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Week 4, using the designated quiz in the Quizzes area. Self-Assessment Quiz Scholarship/APA Style: Take your multiple choice quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Week 4, using the designated quiz in the Quizzes area. Quiz 1: Take your multiple choice, open book quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Week 2 The Science of Psychological Measurement Readings: Chapters 3-4 Discussion 2A: Select one of this week s A Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your corresponding Discussion 2B: Select one of this week s B Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your Quiz 2: Take your multiple-choice, open-book quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Proctor Information You must submit the Student Proctor Information Submission Form to the Proctor Information Dropbox within your course by the end of Week 2. This form and additional information about Proctoring is located in the Content area of the course.
7 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 7 Week 3 Reliability and Validity Readings: Chapters 5-6 Discussion 3A: Select one of this week s A Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your corresponding Discussion 3B: Select one of this week s B Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your Quiz 3 Take your multiple-choice, open-book quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Week 4 Utility and Test Development Readings: Chapters 7-8 Discussion 4A: Select one of this week s A Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your corresponding Discussion 4B: Select one of this week s B Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your Quiz 4: Take your multiple-choice, open-book quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Midterm Examination: The midterm examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, covering course material from Chapters 1 through 8. The midterm examination is a nonproctored exam. You may use your book and other resources for this exam. However, the 2- hour time for the computerized exam will limit your ability to look up answers. Note that once you start the midterm examination, you will have exactly 120 consecutive minutes to submit your answers. This means that once you begin, you cannot stop, save and re-enter the exam at a later time. The midterm examination may be taken any time during the period from Tuesday, 12:01 AM, CT, through Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT, of this week, using the designated exam in the Quizzes area. A student who does not submit the midterm examination by Sunday of Week 4 will earn zero points for this requirement. Week 5 Assessment of Intelligence Readings: Chapters 9-11 Discussion 5A: Select one of this week s A Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your corresponding
8 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 8 Discussion 5B: Select one of this week s B Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your Discussion Responses Submit two discussion responses anytime up to Saturday, 11:59 PM CT of this week, using this week s A and B Discussion topics. Quiz 5: Take your multiple-choice, open-book quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Week 6 Assessment of Personality Readings: Chapters Discussion 6A: Select one of this week s A Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your corresponding Discussion 6B: Select one of this week s B Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your Discussion Responses Submit two discussion responses anytime up to Saturday, 11:59 PM CT of this week, using this week s A and B Discussion topics. Dropbox Assignments Course Paper: The course paper is due Remember that a scholarly paper should demonstrate a quality of critical thinking at levels of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. Be sure to use and cite references that meet the standard for scholarship. Proof your paper for spelling, clarity and organization. Format your paper in accordance with current APA style (refer to for further assistance). Refer to the psychology paper rubric below to understand the grading criteria. Submit your paper by Friday, 11:59 PM, CT, of this week using the Dropbox area. A paper that is submitted after the due date/time will receive a two-point per day deduction, through Wednesday of Week 8, after which no paper will be accepted for credit. Quiz 6: Take your multiple-choice, open-book quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Course evaluation Please evaluate the course. You will be able to submit your course evaluation between Sunday of Week 5 and Thursday of Week 7. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Week 7 Clinical and Neuropsychological Assessment Readings: Chapters Discussion 7A: Select one of this week s A Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your corresponding Discussion 7B: Select one of this week s B Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your
9 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 9 Quiz 7: Take your multiple-choice, open-book quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Week 8 Assessment, Careers, and Business Readings: Chapter 16 Discussion 8A: There is no 8A Discussion assignment due Discussion 8B: Select one of this week s B Discussion assignments to answer. Submit your Course Policies Student Conduct Plagiarism Quiz 8: Take your multiple-choice, open-book quiz anytime up to Sunday, 11:59 PM, CT of Final Examination: The final examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, covering course material from Chapters 9 through 16. The final examination is a proctored closed book exam. See the proctor policy below. Note that once you start the final examination, you will have exactly 120 consecutive minutes to submit your answers. This means that once you begin, you cannot stop, save and re-enter the exam at a later time. The final examination is completed as scheduled with your proctor during the period from Tuesday, 12:01 AM, CT through Saturday, 11:59 PM, CT of this week, using the designated exam in the Quizzes area. All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette. Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.
10 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 10 Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful. All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site. Non-Discrimination There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status. Disability Services Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the Coordinator for Disability Services at (573) Until the student has been cleared through the disability services office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus before enrolling in the course. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Online Participation You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible. Attendance Policy Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted a course assignment for which points have been earned during that week of the session or if the proctoring information has been submitted or the plagiarism quiz taken if there is no other assignment due that week. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for Week 8, when the week and the course will end on Saturday at midnight). The course and system deadlines are all based on the Central Time Zone. Cougar All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other providers. Students should use for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond. Late Assignment Policy An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class. A discussion assignment, discussion response, quiz, or exam that is submitted after its due date/time
11 Columbia College Online Campus P a g e 11 will earn zero (0) points. A paper that is submitted late will receive a deduction of two points per day past due. Emergencies (unforeseen events that occur outside the control of the student) will be evaluated for authorized short-term extensions (usually a few days) by the instructor on a case-bycase basis. Course Evaluation You will have the opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. Course evaluations will open on Sunday of Week 5 and will remain open until Thursday of Week 7. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted. Proctor Policy Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of Proctor U services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable. Additional Resources Orientation for New Students This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The Student Manual provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens. Technical Support If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment ex Online Tutoring Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. The Writing Center can be used for writing assistance in any course. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college. Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students->Academics->Academic Resources.