This course will introduce students to the science and practice of psychological testing and assessment. Students will learn to evaluate the quality of various psychological tests and develop an understanding of the complex process of test development. Social, cultural and ethical issues will be addressed as students examine the psychometric properties and appropriate applications of commonly used educational, intelligence and personality assessment instruments.
This graduate course is 6 weeks.
This course provides a foundation of knowledge in the field of psychology. This course does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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- Explain the use of psychological testing terminology.
- Evaluate the assumptions of psychological testing and assessment.
- Analyze the cultural and legal issues of psychological testing and assessment.
- Explain the importance of norms in psychological testing and assessment.
- Determine the appropriate scale of measurement in assessment.
- Differentiate between the types of reliability.
- Differentiate between the types of validity.
- Demonstrate the use of standard scores.
- Explain the criteria for using standardized scores.
Conduct a utility analysis.
- Explain the development process of cut-off scores in psychological testing and assessment.
- Evaluate various approaches for scaling psychological constructs.
- Analyze methods of item selection for psychological testing and assessment.
- Analyze the relationship between the major theories of personality and assessments of personality.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of personality assessment methods.
- Describe the application of psychological assessments in the workplace.
- Evaluate the influence of the definitions of intelligence on intelligence testing.
- Evaluate the validity of measurements of intelligence.
- Explain the various roles of assessment in education.
- Differentiate between intelligence and achievement assessments.
- Describe the effect of ethical and cultural issues on clinical or counseling assessment.
- Explain the use of neuropsychological assessment instruments.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- PSYCH/650 – Psychopathology or equivalent
- This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree.
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