Topics: Academic dishonesty, Psychometrics, Assessment Pages: 9 (1584 words) Published: April 25, 2014

Spring 2013

Professor: Dr. Brian Hoffman, 331 Psychology Building
Phone: 583-8092, e-mail:

Office Hours: Tuesday 11-12 or by appointment

Meeting Time & Place:Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:45; 243 Psychology Bldg

Text: The text is completely optional. It would be helpful to have it for the statistical sections, but it is your choice. The 5th, 6th, or 7th edition is fine.

Cohen, J.R. & Swerdlik, M.E. (2009). Psychological testing and assessment: An introduction to tests and measurement (7th edition).

Course Objective: This course is designed to introduce you to psychological testing and assessment. After completing this course you will be familiar with the test development process, methods for evaluating the quality of tests, testing techniques, and different types of tests. Further, you will learn about the use of tests in organizational, educational, and clinical/counseling settings.

Prerequisites for this class are PSY 1101, PSY 3980, & PSY 3990 (co-requisite). In accordance with Psychology Department policy, if you have not successfully completed all of the prerequisites you will be required to withdraw from this course. If you do not withdraw, credit earned from this course will not count toward the requirements for the psychology major.

Course Requirements: There will be three exams throughout the semester. Each exam is worth 25% of your final grade. Thus, the three exams together make up 75% of your total grade. The format of each exam will consist of multiple choice, matching, and (possibly) short answer/essay questions. Content for each exam will include material presented in lecture, information from the textbook, assigned readings, and information presented by guest speakers. The exams are not cumulative; however an overall understanding of the concepts and information from previous exams will be necessary for some questions.

A team project will count for 25% of your grade (described in detail later). In summary, your grade in this course will be determined in the following way:
Exam 1 25%
Exam 225%
Exam 325%
Test review & critique25%


Missed Exams: Students will be allowed to make up ONE exam by taking a comprehensive final. In the event that you miss an exam, the make up exam will be administered during the final exam period at the end of the semester. The make-up exam will be comprehensive and will consist entirely of essay questions rather than the usual combination of short answer, multiple choice, and essay questions. If you miss more than one exam, you will receive a "zero" for the second missed exam. No exceptions. If a student would like to replace their lowest test grade, they may also opt to take the comprehensive final. In this instance, the higher of the two test grades will be taken and the lower of the two will be dropped.

Attendance Policy and Course Conduct: It will be very difficult for you to perform successfully in this class if you do not consistently attend. That said, there is no formal attendance policy. However, I will give two points extra credit randomly for attendance throughout the semester.


Policy on Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is defined as cheating on examinations or take-home assignments, plagiarism, as well as soliciting or providing assistance to others on assignments when such assistance is explicitly forbidden by the professor. In this course, students are explicitly forbidden from providing assistance to others on examinations. The minimum penalty for any instance of academic dishonesty is an automatic grade of F for the final course grade. Appropriate University action will also be pursued in cases of academic dishonesty. Specific regulations relevant to this issue are contained in The University of Georgia Student Handbook. If you have any...
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