Introduction to Modern Measurement Theory

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019  

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of modern psychometric methods. We will cover conventional topics such as reliability and validity, but will also incorporate more modern topics such as factor analysis and item response theory. The focus will be largely aimed at conceptual understanding, with some specific activities centered on more practical/applied skills.

Course Learning Objectives
  1. Understanding of classical test theory
  2. Understanding of reliability both conceptually and practically
  3. Understanding of validity both conceptually and practically
  4. Basic understanding of factor analysis and item response theory and the role they can play in scale development
  5. Basic familiarity with standards/documents guiding scale construction
  6. Functional literacy with regards to scale development manuals/publications


Students will benefit most from this course if they have a functional knowledge of regression.

Course Reading List

DeVellis, R.F. (2017). Scale Development: Theory and Applications (Fourth Edition). Los Angeles, CA: Sage


Edwards, M.C. (2009). An introduction to item response theory using the Need for Cognition Scale. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3, 507-529


Messick, S. (1995). Validity of psychological assessment: Validation of inferences from persons' responses and performances as scientific inquiry into score meaning. American Psychologist, 50, 741-749


Course Fee

Registration is $925.00


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Online Course Format

This is a month-long digital course, equivalent to approximately 20 hours of classroom instruction. Lectures and course material will be presented online in weekly segments. The flexible format will include video or audio recordings of lecture material, file sharing and topical discussion fora, self-assessment exercises, real-time electronic office hours and access to instructors for feedback during the course. Registrants for EPIC digital courses should have high-speed internet access. Any additional information about technical requirements and access to the course will be provided the month before the course begins.

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