Psychology 631

PSYC 631: Cognitive Intellectual Assessment Techniques

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)

A study of the theory and development of the Stanford-Binet and the Wechsler Scales, as well as additional intelligence tests, including a history of and current research and practices in the field of individual intelligence testing. Laboratory experience includes supervised administration, scoring and interpretation of individual intelligence scales. Students administer and score a number of scales each semester and are expected to achieve proficiency in report writing as part of their laboratory experience.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Cognitive Assessment: Background and History
2. Relevant Statistical and Measurement Concepts
3. Intelligence Tests: Meaning of and Cultural and Social Implications
4. Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Assessment
5. Major IQ Tests: The Wechsler Tests and the Stanford Binet
6. Other Significant IQ Tests
7. Behavioral Observation and Assessment Techniques
8. Other Assessment Techniques: Rating Scales, Checklists, Questionnaires, and Interviews
9. Report Writing: Integration and Interpretation of Assessment Results
10. Legal and Ethical Implications of Cognitive Assessment Techniques


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A combination of lecture and demonstration, supplemented by audio/visual materials, will familiarize the students with the assessment techniques.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students are to demonstrate proficiency at administering, scoring, and interpreting the assessment techniques taught in the course. They are also to be able to make recommendations based on their interpretations of the test results and write all this into an integrated report. In addition, students are expected to understand the broad social, cultural, legal, and ethical implications of these assessment techniques.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class and take-home exams, administration and scoring of assessment devices, written reports, observed administration of an IQ test, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

March 1999