APSK15617U  Development of measurement tools

Volume 2018/2019
Content

This course will introduce students to all of the most important topics related to developing measurement tools (e.g., scales or tests), and will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own measurement instrument.

Tests and scales are frequently used across all areas of psychology, and psychologists are expected to have the knowledge and skills to use and administer these instruments. Furthermore, there are many applied settings where psychologists need to develop a new instrument because there are no available or adequate tools. In general, the need to develop new instruments is greatly increasing, and there is a lack of individuals who have these skills both nationally and internationally. In this course students will have the opportunity to develop their own measurement instrument on a self-selected topic that interests them, or is relevant for their job, internship, or master’s thesis. They will learn about the most central theoretical issues related to scale development, identify a construct of interest, determine how to measure it, develop an argument for the development of the scale/s, generate items, validate the items through a subject matter expert panel, collect a small amount of data in a pilot study, and use the data to evaluate the reliability and validity of the items in SPSS.  Finally, students will gain knowledge about how to write up a report, and will be introduced to state of the art analyses methods from modern test theory (but will not be expected to perform them). Students can work on a scale alone or in groups, but the course will be organized so that students work in learning communities where they will give and receive feedback at each point in the development process.

Active participation:
Students can choose to develop a measurement tool individually, in pairs, or in groups of 3. Regardless of the choice, students will be expected to actively participate in learning communities where they will work together and act as experts for specific steps in the development phase.

The exam will consist of a written report in APA article format that described the development process of their measurement tool with an Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion section and has a maximum length of 15 pages. 

Learning Outcome

On successful completion of the module, students will have achieved a high level of academic and methodological competency in relation to the specific design, planning, development, and/or application-related content and focus in the individual methodology courses. They will be able to demonstrate this by a) developing a data acquisition tool and/or b) conducting an academic and methodologically based study of a defined psychological subject, problem, target field or concept.

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • define and describe which psychological subject, problem, target field or concept they seek to a) uncover/study with the data acquisition tool and/or b) study by using the given analysis method(s)
  • describe the work process that leads to a) the development of a data acquisition tool and/or b) the analytical implementation of the study
  • explain and argue for the methodological and analytical choices taken during the process
  • reflect on and discuss methods critically (strengths and weaknesses) in relation to the methodological and/or analytical choices taken in connection with the work, and in relation to how these choices influence each other (the dynamics of the work process)
  • submit/present in writing or orally the result of the practical work in the form of a) a data acquisition tool and/or b) a test result.
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Students can choose to develop a measurement tool individually, in pairs, or in groups of 3. Regardless of the choice, students will be expected to actively participate in learning communities where they will work together and act as experts for specific steps in the development phase.
The exam will consist of a written report in APA article format that described the development process of their measurement tool with an Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion section and has a maximum length of 15 pages.
Exam registration requirements

A minimum of 75% attendance is a prerequisites for submitting assignments. However, the teaching is based on full participation.

Students can choose to develop a measurement tool individually, in pairs, or in groups of 3. Regardless of the choice, students will be expected to actively participate in learning communities where they will work together and act as experts for specific steps in the development phase.
 

Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

June/January

Re-exam

August/February

Criteria for exam assesment

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  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • Total
  • 30