1. NAME OF COURSE  / MODULE PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND MEASUREMENT IN COUNSELLING
2. COURSE CODE ABA 3173
3. NAME(S) OF ACADEMIC STAFF DR OTHMAN AB RAHMAN
4. RATIONALE FOR THE INCLUSION OF THE COURSE/MODULE IN THE PROGRAMME  

Testing and measurement is an early diagnosis tool for professional helpers and counselor in their assessment and screening process for appropriate treatment. Students will be introduced to the principles of psychological testing and the concepts related to the psychological testing such as reliability, validity, test construction etc. This course will also address the controversial issues accompanying testing such as test bias and emphasizes on the ethics of testing and measurement.

 

5. SEMESTER & YEAR OFFERED Semester 5 & Year 3
6. TOTAL STUDENT LEARNING TIME (SLT) Face to face:

L T P/SCL
28 13 12

 

Non-Face to face

O Preparation for final Final Exam
52 12 3

L=Lecture ; T=Tutorial; P=Practical; O=Others

Total Guided and Independent Learning:

28+13+12+52+12+3=120
7. CREDIT VALUE 120/40= 3 (3 credit)
8. PREREQUISITE (IF ANY) Nil
9. OBJECTIVES
  1. To introduce the basic concepts in psychological testing and measurement.
  2. To distinguish between a good and a bad psychological test in terms of the reliability and validity of the test.
  3. To introduce the basic statistic in testing
  4. To describe the ethical guidelines for using tests
10. LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon successful completion of this course students should have the ability to:

  1. Explain the key concept in psychological testing and measurement  (LO1-C2)
  2. Differentiate between a good and a bad psychological test in terms of the reliability and validity of the test. (LO2-C4)
  3. Organize a workshop on psychological testing and measurement (LO9- S4)
11. TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication skill
  • Professional ethics and moral
  • Leadership skill
  • Teamwork skill
12. TEACHING-LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY Teaching-learning strategy:

  • The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, exercise, group work, individual presentation and individual assignment.  Collaborative teamwork will be fostered throughout the course especially through content research. The use of examination and essay assignment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concept in real context.

Assessment strategy:

  • Formative
  • Summative
13. SYNOPSIS This course aims at introducing the key concept of psychological testing and measurement. The course content covers various practical aspects of psychological testing involving reliability, validity, writing and evaluating test items, and test administration. Through this course students will be able to know, evaluate and choose the reliable and good test.
14. MODE OF DELIVERY Lectures and tutorial (SCL)
15. Assessment methods and types
Component %
Continuous Assessment

  • Individual assignment
  • Group assignment
  • Individual Presentation
  • Quizzes
 

20

20

10

10

Final examination 40
Total 100
16.  

 

 

Content outline of the course/module and SLT per topic

 

Topics FACE TO FACE SELF-STUDY EXAM           TOTAL SLT
Lecture Tutorial Practical/SCL Assignment Library search Revision Cont. Assessment Prep.  For Final Exam Final exam
Introduction to psychological testing 2 1 3
The History of Psychological Testing 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 9
Basic statistics for Testing 6 2 2 2 2 2 2 18
Describing Distribution and Norms 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
Correlation and Regression 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 9
Validity 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 10
Reliability 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 10
Writing and Evaluating Items 4 2 2 4 1 2 1 2 18
Test Administration 2 1 1 4 2 1 1 12
Issues in Psychological Testing: Test Bias 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 10
Ethics and the Future of Psychological Testing 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 10
Final exam 3 3
Total 28 13 12 16 6 18 12 12 3 120
17 References Main references supporting the course

  1. Miller, L.A, McIntire, S.A & Lovler, R.L. (2010). Foundations of Psychological Testing: A Practical Approach. (3rd ed.). Sage Publications.
  2. Cohen, R.J & Swerdik, M. (2009). Psychological Testing and Assessment. McGraw-Hill.
  3. Kaplan, R.M. & Saccuzzo, D.P. (2009). Psychological Testing: Principles, Applications and Issues. (7th ed.). United States of America: Wardsworth Cengage Learning.
  4. Gregory, R.J. (2007). Psychological Testing: History, Principles, and Applications. (7th ed.). United States of America: Pearson: Allyn and Bacon.
  5. Sidek Mohd Noah. (2005). Pengujian dan Penilaian dalam Kaunseling. Serdang: Penerbitan UPM.

 

Mapping of the course/module to the Program Learning Outcomes

TOPIC

Contact hours (week)

Lesson Learning Outcome PLO KI Teaching & Learning Activities Assessment Tasks
TOPIC 1: Introduction to psychological testing

2

(WK1)

  1. Be able to define what is psychological testing and state the differences between psychological testing and assessment
  2. Be able to appreciate the existence of psychological testing in everyday life
 

LO1

 

LO4

 

 

CS3

TS3,

LS4

 

Each student will describe and explain the concept of psychological testing and assessment

Group activity to identify the importance of psychological testing in life

 

Lecturer comments on the ideas and points given and provides advice for further reading.

 

TOPIC 2: The History of Psychological Testing

2

(WK2)

  1. Be able to name the pioneers of psychological testing and the events that leads to the developments of testing
LO1 CS2 Each student will explain the history of psychological testing Lecturer comments on the points given and provides advice for improvement.
TOPIC 3: Basic Statistics for Testing

6

(WK3-WK5)

  1. Be able to describe the importance of statistics in testing
  2. Be able to identify the types of statistics and the scales of measurements
LO1

 

LO1

CS2

 

CS3

Searching the journal of psychology and explain orally to the peers the type of statistics used in the research either descriptive or inferential Lecturer comments on the points given and provides reference for further reading.
TOPIC 4: Describing  distribution and norms

2

(WK6)

  1. Be able to describe distribution
  2. Be able to identify the types of norm
LO1

 

LO1

CS2

 

CS3

Searching the journal of psychology and explain orally to the peers in describing distribution and norms Lecturer comments on the points given and provides reference for further reading.
TOPIC  5: Correlation and Regression

2

(WK7)

  1. Be able to discuss some differences between correlation and regression .
  2. Collaborate with members in team
LO1

 

 

LO4

CTPS2

TS3,

LS4

Each student will explain how a regression line describes the relationship between two variables

Group discussion activity

Lecturer comments and provides advice for improvement.
TOPIC 6:  Reliability

2

(WK8)

  1. Be able to discuss the role of measurement error in scientific studies of behavior and how to assess reliability of a test and what can be done to increase the reliability of a test
LO3 CTPS3 Students should be able to find the test that has high reliability according to the Cronbach alpha score Lecturer advice students for further readings.
TOPIC 7: Validity

2

(WK9)

  1. Be able to identify the various aspects of validity
LO5 TS3,

LS4

Each student will describe the characteristics of a valid test. Lecturer will give comment for further readings.
TOPIC 8: Writing and Evaluating Test Item

4

(WK10-WK11)

  1. Be able to identify different types of item writing and how to write good items for a psychological test
  2. Collaborate with members in team to organize a workshop
LO1

 

LO5

CTPS2

 

TS4

Each student will be able to identify the characteristics of good and/or bad items through a workshop given by the expert in the field Lecturer will give comments on the opinions of students and advise for further readings.
TOPIC 9: Test administration

2

(WK12)

  1. Be able to discuss several factors that might influence test scores including the testing situations, tester characteristics and test-taker characteristic.
  2. Collaborate with members in team to discuss the topic
LO4

 

 

LO5

CTPS2

 

 

TS2

Each student will identify the factors that influence test scores. Group presentation and lecturer provides advice for improvement.
TOPIC 10: Issues in Psychological Testing: Test Bias

2

(WK13)

  1. Be able to explain  how different social, political and ethical viewpoints are represented by different definitions of test fairness.
LO5 TS3,

LS4

Each student will describe some of the opportunities for developing improved predictors for minority group members. Lecturer will give comments on students opinions and advise for further readings.
Topic 11 : Ethics and the Future of Testing

2

(WK14)

  1. Be able to identify human rights as they pertain to testing, describe the current trends and the future prospects in the testing field
  2. Collaborate with team members in team-related assessment task.
LO5 CTPS2 Each student will identify the current trends and the future prospects in the testing field. Group presentation and lecturer gives comments for improvement.