Apr 20, 2024  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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PY 401 - Measurements and Evaluation

This course will introduce the student to the historical perspectives in educational testing. Further study in various test types, test construction, and fundamental descriptive statistics will build skills in understanding, evaluating, and using test instruments. The content of the course will provide the tools to determine whether a test measures what it is intended to measure and if the test results are dependable and consistent.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 4 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: None

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the impacts early theorists had on the history of assessment development.
  • Explain the major categories of tests through recognizing their practical uses.
  • Apply descriptive statistics for analyzing, interpreting, and reporting assessment data.
  • Define the different types of reliability and validity, and describe how they are used to evaluate aspects of a test or testing procedure.
  • Analyze moral and ethical issues in testing as it applies to test takers and professional settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding for the purposes of applying tests in a specific professional setting (i.e., education, health care, business, etc.).
  • Reflect on and discuss experiences with personal and professional uses of measurement and evaluation to demonstrate meaningful application of the course content.
  • Apply cumulative knowledge gained throughout the course to critically evaluate an assessment tool.

Credits: 3

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