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Major Project A (Psychological Measurement Project)

2014 unit code: PSY30003 (formerly LSY332)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours36 hours over the teaching period (normally 3 hours per week)

Related course(s)

*From July, 2013 this unit will be taught at the Hawthorn Campus
Formerly known as LSY301 Psychological Measurement

This is a prescribed unit of study in the Social Science Major/s. It may also be undertaken as a unit of study in any other Swinburne degree program, subject to the prerequisite and degree requirements.

Aims and objectives

To give students mastery of fundamental theoretical and practical skills in the selection, design, administration and interpretation of psychological measures through project work. The project is designed to engage students in authentic professional activities, and provide opportunities to develop skills such as project management, teamwork, communication skills, and reflective thinking, which are highly valued by employers.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
  • Describe the characteristics of a good psychological measure and explain how to evaluate the usefulness and appropriateness of a specific instrument for a specific application.
  • Outline the steps involved in the development of psychological measures, and design your own program for the development and validation of a new measure
  • Calculate report and interpret key statistics relevant to scale development and evaluation.
  • Describe a range of different measurement formats and methods, explaining the pros and cons of each.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a team to achieve project outcomes.

Teaching methods

Units will be taught in a variety of modes including face to face, online, distance and blended modes. Delivery of this unit may be through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, seminars and online.


Written reports 30-40%
Workbook/online tasks 10-20%
Presentation 5-10%
Group project 40-50%

Generic skills outcomes

This unit will provide discipline-based knowledge and professional capabilities and experiences contributing to students progress in attaining generic skills such as:
  • Analysis skills: Applied research 
  •  Problem solving skills: Problem identification, formulation and solution 
  •  Ability to tackle unfamiliar problems: Imagination, innovation and abstract thinking 
  •  Communication skills: Written communication 
  •  Working independently as an individual and team member


Topics addressed in the unit include:
• Theories and methods for psychological measurement
• Fundamentals of test construction
• Methods for evaluating the properties and quality of tests
• Administration and scoring of tests
• Cultural appropriateness and sensitivity
• Professional and ethical issues in psychological measurement and research

Text books

Psychological Testing: History, Principles and Applications (6th edition) text by Robert J Gregory.