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PSYC502 - Tests and Measurements

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC502 Course ID: 4038 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course serves to introduce students to the topic of psychological testing. In addition to describing the various types of psychological testing, it will also provide information about test design and construction, administration and scoring, and reliability and validity.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1. Investigate the contributions made by the early founders of testing,
2. Examine ethical and legal issues associated with testing
3. Apply concepts of content, criterion, incremental, and construct validity
4. Examine the purpose, format and application of traditional and alternative cognitive measures
5. Articulate principles of observation and interviewing techniques.
6. Critique the purpose, strengths and limitations of common objective personality measures (e.g., 16PF, MMPI-2, etc.)
7. Examine the purpose, strengths and criticisms of projective assessment techniques (e.g., Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test, etc.)
8. Demonstrate APA style and writing skills appropriate for graduate level work

General Assignment Expectations:

It is expected that graduate students will exhibit advanced level critical thinking; the ability to synthesize multiple sources of information, writing skills and academic integrity in all course activities. With the exception of discussion forum posts, assignment submissions completed in a narrative essay or composition format may not be written in first or second person (“I” or “you”). All writing must follow the citation and reference style established by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2009), in size 12 Times New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides of the page and include a cover page with the following centered vertically and horizontally: Student Name, Date of Submission, Assignment Title, Course Name and Professor Name.

With the rare exception of briefly quoting specific statistical research findings, in which case the publication’s author and year date of publication must be properly cited with quoted material placed inside quotation marks, all paper content based on published material must be paraphrased (i.e., summarized in the student’s own words) with correct source citations properly formatted in APA style. Copying of any kind and/or failure to source credit will result in an assignment score of zero with any repeat instances causing a failing course grade without option for revision and resubmission.

The website is an excellent, easy to understand resource for APA Style formatting and source citation.

Unless otherwise instructed for individual assignments, students may not use encyclopedias, such as Wikipedia or Encarta, dictionaries, blogs, opinion slanted news media outlets,,, WebMD or other commercial websites, and only scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, vetted government reports, or other reliable, scholarly sources must be used for assignment completion.



Weekly dialogue with classmates based on engagement with assigned course readings and/or related multi-media will take place in the online classroom on designated forums. While designed to promote lively discourse within a community of fellow learners, the dialogues are academic in nature and require a scholarly orientation.


There are two multiple choice Knowledge Review exams in Weeks 2 and 3. Each exam has 25 questions to assess your understanding of the psychometric properties of assessment.


CASE STUDY: Weeks 4, 5, and 6

There are 3 case study assignments due in Weeks 4, 5, and 6. The case studies are based on actual testing situations. They will provide you with an opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge of testing and ethics.

Please use the worksheet in the assignment instructions for your work. Each assignment should integrate a minimum of three supportive scholarly citations and references to support content and conclusions. Please proofread for grammar and spelling.


This assignment examines the relationship between Sattler's pillars of assessment and professional practice.

Part A: Imagine that you are working as a psychologist. Develop a scenario where you might see a client for testing. The testing may be forensic, educational, clinical, or occupational. Using Sattler’s pillars of assessment, explain how you would proceed with the testing process.

Part B: Identify three ethical guidelines that you will need to consider in the assessment process and give a specific example for each of these issues (such as confidentiality, informed consent, competency, etc.).

NameGrade %
Forums Week 1 Forum
Week 2 Forum Week 3 Forum
Week 4 Forum Week 5 Forum
Week 6 Forum Week 7 Forum
Week 8 Forum Exams
Week 2 Knowledge Review Week 3 Knowledge Review
Assignments Week 7: Pillars of Assessment
Week 4: Case Analysis Week 5: Case Analysis
Week 6: Case Analysis

Course Materials are listed in Required Readings and Resources. There are no materials for purchase.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.