Psychology | Psychological Tests & Individual Differences
P336 | 3467 | R. McFall


The course will cover the principles of psychological testing,
including the scientific standards for test constructs and test
construction; actuarial vs. clinical approaches to assessment and
prediction; quantitative assumptions and models underlying
measurement; sampling theory and methods; reliability and validity of
measurement; standardization and norms; item and profile analyses; and
uses of test information for theory testing, prediction, and decision
making.  Specific examples of tests aimed at measuring individual
differences across a range of applications will be examined critically
-- from psychological testing to medical diagnosis, from personnel
selection to performance evaluation, from educational achievement to
aptitude testing.  Regardless of a student's area of specialization,
the course should help the student to be a more informed, critical
consumer and users of tests designed to assess individual differences.

Students will be evaluated by two multiple-choice tests (a midterm and
a final exam), by a course project involving the construction and
critical evaluation of a measure of individual differences, and by
evaluations of performance on one or two short-answer essay tests
involving "story problems."  The course will focus on both conceptual
and quantitative aspects of assessment, so students should have taken
at least a basic undergraduate statistics course.