PSYCHOL 6603OL - Psychological Measurement and Assessment

Online - Online Teaching 3 - 2022

How do you measure and assess the psychological capabilities, health, and attributes of people? In this course, students will gain an understanding of the knowledge necessary to select, deploy, and interpret psychometric instruments in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to appropriately integrate these skills into ethical and culturally responsive practice. Key aspects of the course include the application of knowledge in the context of digital and emerging technologies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 6603OL
    Course Psychological Measurement and Assessment
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Online Teaching 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6600OL, PSYCHOL 6601OL and PSYCHOL 6602OL
    Restrictions Available to Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) (OL) students only
    Course Description How do you measure and assess the psychological capabilities, health, and attributes of people? In this course, students will gain an understanding of the knowledge necessary to select, deploy, and interpret psychometric instruments in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to appropriately integrate these skills into ethical and culturally responsive practice. Key aspects of the course include the application of knowledge in the context of digital and emerging technologies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tiffany Lavis

    How do you measure and assess the psychological capabilities, health, and attributes of people? In this course, students will gain an understanding of the knowledge necessary to select, deploy, and interpret psychometric instruments in a variety of settings. Students will learn how to appropriately integrate these skills into ethical and culturally responsive practice. Key aspects of the course include the application of knowledge in the context of digital and emerging technologies.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Full details of each week's activities can be found in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of psychometric theory in a variety of settings.
    2 Determine and integrate basic assessment strategies in situations appropriate to psychological practice.
    3 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the construction, implementation, and interpretation of standardised psychological test instruments.
    4 Integrate ethical and culturally responsive practices in the use of standardised psychological test instruments.
    5 Critically reflect on principles of effective psychological measurement and assessment in the context of digital and emerging technologies.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    2

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    4

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This is a fully online offering using MyUni. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and will be provided with curated required and recommended readings and resources. Students will need to install the free, open-source package for statistical analysis, JASP (https://jasp-stats.org/) on their computer. Students will use a telecommunications application (Zoom) to engage in online tutorials.
    Recommended Resources
    Detailed reading lists will be provided within course modules; all reading will be accessible online. Assignments will be submitted via Turnitin.
    Online Learning
    This is a fully online offering. MyUni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Engagement with course content is facilitated by online videos, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self-directed study supported by weekly online 90 minute tutorial sessions.

    There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.

    Students will complete all of the following activities online;
    • Read the material presented in Canvas and participate in the interactive exercises, which will expand upon the material more thoroughly.
    • Watch the videos that are in the course to learn about key concepts.
    • Complete the exercises putting work into practice.
    • Participate in the discussion boards & interactive group sessions.
    • Attempt all the quizzes for learning purposes and are not graded to assist in parts of the course or ask for help on the discussion boards.
    • Complete readings online and use communication tools to interact and expand on content.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 25
    hours per week on this course.

    Hours per Week
    Tutorials: 1.5 hours
    Tutorial preparation: 1 hour
    Assessment-related tasks: 8.5 hours
    Engaging with online activities: 9 hours
    Weekly reading/study: 5 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is presented over six weeks, with one module per week:

    1. Psychometric Theory
    Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Assessment
    Functions of Measurement
    Reliability
    Validity
    Ethical Issues

    2. Principles of Construction and Implementation
    Psychometric Properties
    Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA)
    Steps for Validation
    Ethical Issues

    3. Culturally Responsive Practice
    Cultural Competence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
    Issues with Existing Psychological Assessment
    Developing Sound Psychological Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
    Current Psychological Assessment Tools
    Ethical Issues

    4. Ability Tests
    Health Assessment
    Personality Assessment
    Assessment of Children
    Psychological Assessment in Research
    Ethical Issues

    5. Principles of Interpretation
    Principles of Interpretation
    Scoring
    Normality versus significance
    Clinical versus statistical prediction
    Reporting
    Ethical Issues

    6. Applications of Psychological Assessment
    Digital Adaptations in Psychological Practice
    Psychological Assessment and Emerging Technologies
    Ethical Issues
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Assessment 1: Quiz Summative 20% 1, 2
    Assessment 2: Psychometric Review Summative 30% 2, 3
    Assessment 3, Part A: Interpreting Test Results Summative 20% 2, 5
    Assessment 3, Part B: Written Report Summative 30% 4, 5, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    There are no assessment related requirements for this course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Quiz (20%)
    This quiz, consisting of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions, will test students’ knowledge of the key aspects of psychometric theory.

    Assessment 2: Psychometric Review (30%)
    The psychometric review aims to develop students’ understanding of psychological test construction, including cultural considerations. Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of the principles of test construction, with reference to validation of psychometric tools. Specifically, their task is to consider the question:

    To what extent has the (adapted) Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM-28) been developed according to the principles of best-practice, for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?

    Assessment 3, Part A: Interpreting Test Results (20%)
    Assessment 3, Part A assesses students’ ability to interpret psychological test results. They will be expected to report their findings in a manner that demonstrates their understanding of test construction, implementation, and interpretation.

    Assessment 3, Part B: Written Report (30%)
    Assessment 3, Part B is intended to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to synthesise psychological test results, within the context of digital and emerging technologies. They will combine knowledge from clinical interviews, psychometric tools, and research literature. Students will demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate psychological assessment material and illustrate their interpretation skills.
    Submission
    All assessment occurs online: e-submission, checking for academic integrity in written assessments, e-marking and uploading of videos and other content for both summative and formative assessment task.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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