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PSY9150 – Measuring and analyzing constructs in psychological research

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Course content

This course is offered as a voluntary component of the Research program and the Ph.D. program at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.

The effective class time spans seven days including lectures and exercises in conceptually analyzing psychological constructs, estimating parameters in construct measurement models and interpreting results with reference to their construct representations.

Learning outcome

Classical measurement theory:
The concept of measurement, systematic and random measurement errors, definition, estimation and relevance of different types of reliability, in particular,
the assumptions, purpose, relevance and estimations of Cronbach’s coefficient alpha, and definition, assessment and relevance of different types of validity.

Conceptual fundament for measurement:
“The latent variable paradigm” Domain definition. Domain content, overlapping and interchanging item content.Domain sampling approach.

Domain illustrations:
One-facet and multifacet measurement designs.
Data-analytic models for internal domain studies

Internal consistency reliability:
Interpreting outputs from the Reliability analysis program (Scale) of the SPSS software.

Introduction to generalizability theory:
Basic concepts, designs and estimations of parameters in one- and multi-facet universes. Generalizability - and Decision - studies. Introduction to the program GENOVA to estimate variance components in different generalizability models.

Confirmatory factor analysis
Estimation and testing of confirmatory factor models


This is an elective course in the PhD-programme in psychology. Candidates from PhD-programmes at other institutions are welcome to apply to the course.

Only students admitted to the course may take part in instruction and tuition and sit for the examination.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Enrollment in a PhD-programme.

Recommended previous knowledge

By signing up for the class the students will be given a list of references and papers to be studied a head of the class. You will find required readings here


Seven days including lectures and exercises.


The students earn 2 ½ credit points (ECTS) for participating in the class including required exercises. The students will earn additional 2½ credit points for submitting an accepted paper with reference to the course topics – known as course PSY9150P. The paper is due June 30th.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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