Psychology Project

PSY70019 12.5 Credit Points Online

Duration

  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Swinburne Online: Fully online

Prerequisites

STA70007 Analysis of Variance and Regression
AND
PSY70014 Cognition and Human Performance
AND
PSY70015 Developmental Psychology

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of psychological measurement. Students will gain familiarity with the general process of developing psychological scales, including a variety of measurement methods and administration formats. The unit addresses topics in basic psychometric theory, including reliability, validity, and norms. Students will be given the opportunity to develop professionally relevant skills and experience in the selection, construction and evaluation of psychological tests and measures. This unit will help students adapt skills learned in previous studies to the analysis and communication of contemporary problems in psychological measurement.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Explain the characteristics of a good psychological measure and evaluate the usefulness and appropriateness of a specific instrument for a specific application.
2. Explain the steps involved in the development of psychological measures, and design their own program for the development and validation of a new measure.
3. Calculate, report, and interpret key statistics relevant to scale development and evaluation.
4. Evaluate a range of different measurement formats and methods, explaining the pros and cons of each.
5. Work collaboratively with peers to achieve project outcomes
6. Reflect on ethical issues in psychological measurement.

Courses with unit

Graduate Diploma of Psychology