Item Response Modelling

Subject 476-664 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 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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Prof Raymond Adams
Subject Overview: This unit provides an understanding of item response modelling. The subject examines item response theory from an advanced perspective, including the development of single and multiple parameter models, their specification, estimation and evaluation. Procedures for calibration and banking tasks based on rating and criterion referenced scales, constructed response and judgement-based assessments as well as choice tasks are explored. Additional topics include differential item functioning, test equating, and multi-faceted and multi-dimensional models. Applications of the models are explored with ConQuest.
Objectives: To develop a familiarity with the estimation and application of advanced item response theory models.
Assessment: Three papers totaling 8,000 words. Presentation of the papers (15 - 20 minutes) to class. 33 per cent to each paper and presentation.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Hambleton, R.K, Swaminathan, H., & Rogers, H.J. (1991) Fundamentals of Item Response Theory. Newbury Park, California: Sage Publications.

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:
  • understand the derivation of dichotomous and polytomous Rasch Models;
  • apply the technique of simulation to explore item response modeling;
  • analyse item response data with facets models;
  • analyse multi-dimensional item response data;
  • analyse item response data with collateral variables;
  • estimate population characteristics from item response data;
  • understand issues relating to equating, item banking and test design.
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Notes: Advanced skills in assessment design and analysis, test equating and interpretation, and a high level of statistical and mathematical skills.
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Master of Education (Stream 100A) Coursework and Thesis A
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