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PSYC3020 Measurement in Psychology (Lecture-Workshops)

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UQ Centre (27A)

R220

St Lucia

Australia

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PSYC3020 is a 3rd year course with an enrolment of about 500 students who attend a two hour lecture workshop (interactive activities) and a two hour computer lab tutorial each week.

This course aims to provide students with a foundation in how to apply measurement theory in their future careers, whether in the field of psychology or elsewhere. Measurement is fundamental to both civilisation and science. In particular, the ability to evaluate people provides arguably one of the most challenging and yet potentially world-changing applications of measurement theory.

The course provides introductory training in the application of measurement techniques and principles required for research and practice in psychology. Diverse examples of practical applications of this knowledge within psychology and beyond are provided in order to demonstrate its universal relevance. Topics introduced include psychometric theory, measurement in behavioural research, competent and appropriate use of psychological tests, clinical neuropsychological assessment, personnel assessment, educational testing, intelligence testing, and personality testing. Students receive hands-on training on how to create and validate their own behavioural measurement instrument.

Professor Mark Horswill joined UQ in 2002. He is b ased in the School of Psychology and has been voted as one of the top three lecturers at UQ. His SECAT scores for PSYC4191 (last three classes) were between 4.9 and 5.0. Together with Blake McKimmie and Barbara Masser, he won the international Merlot Award 2016 for a UQx MOOC: Crime101x (currently with over 55,000 enrolments). His research involves using psychological science to save lives, for example, he led a team that created a hazard perception test that is currently a compulsory part of the driver licensing process in Queensland (completed by 44,000 drivers per year and part of the Graduated Licensing Scheme found to reduce novice crashes by 13% per year). He was also part of a UQ team that developed a national curriculum for colonoscopy training. All pre-clinical colonoscopy training in Australia is based on this curriculum.

The key feature of this course is the class management of a large number of students engaged in active learning and interactive activities .

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UQ Centre (27A)

R220

St Lucia

Australia

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