Test and Questionnaire Design

Subject 460-635 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Thi Kim Cuc Nguyen
Subject Overview: Students will explore the steps and procedures of developing two types of data collection instruments: test and questionnaire. In the first part of the subject the process of test development will be examined. Topics covered include: test specifications, test item writing, paneling and revising test items, trial testing and item analysis and test assembly. In the second part of the subject the process of questionnaire design will be examined. Topics include table of specifications, construct definition, use of dummy tables, writing the questions, questionnaire layout, pre-testing and piloting the questionnaire.
Assessment: Exercises and reports equivalent to 4,000 words in total (100 per cent).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the procedures involved in test and questionnaire design
  • Develop skills in designing, writing and evaluating test and questionnaire for assessment and evaluation purposes
  • Evaluate test and questionnaires from a design and purpose perspective
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation

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