MAE4010 – Constructing Measures

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Course content

The course covers the full research and development cycle of a measurement instrument including

  1. design, piloting, cognitive labs,
  2. sampling and data collection,
  3. analysis, reporting and communication
  4. maintenance, monitoring, and redesign 

The focus will be on theory-driven design from the ground-up and synthesizing qualitative and quantitative insights into the development cycle.

Learning outcome


  • understand the relative strengths and limitations of item formats commonly used for measurement of cognitive and non-cognitive attributes
  • demonstrate familiarity with recommended item writing principles
  • recognize the importance of theory-driven design and being clear about the purpose of measurement


  • make use of expert reviews and cognitive labs to probe how people engage with the measurement instrument
  • apply basic measurement principles to design a good quality measurement instrument
  • design score reports in line with the measurement purpose and target group
  • write reports documenting all phases of the development of an instrument


  • evaluate and review existing measurement instruments, their development in general, and their validation in particular
  • contribute in constructive and critical fashion to the (re)design of a measurement instrument at each phase of the development cycle


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

This course is only open to students who are admitted to the master's programme in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation.


The course combines lectures, class discussion, and hands-on tutorials. Throughout the course, students will work on an obligatory, continuous group assignment where the aim is to develop and document the quality of a measurement instrument. The first three deliverables form part of your portfolio. Feedback will be given by peers and teachers. The first three deliverables are graded pass or fail. The fourth and final deliverable is an individually written and complete report documenting all the phases of the assignment, building on and extending the work done in the group. This final report will be graded on an A-F scale, and counts as the student’s final grade in the course.

Obligatory course components:

  • 80% attendance requirement for the lectures
  • 4 design cycle portfolio pieces
  • peer review of 2 other students' portfolios


At the end of the course you will be evaluated based on the portfolio you compiled. The fourth and final part of the portfolio, which documents all phases of the assignment, will be graded on an A-F scale.

You need to have successfully completed the obligatory course components before being allowed to sit the exam. If you do not fulfill these requirements, you must submit a written request to apply for an additional assignment prior to sitting the exam. The application must document stated reasons for absence beyond your control.

Previous exams

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You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

In MAE4010, grades are normally awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


In accordance with the UiO quality assurance system, the course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic evaluation MAE4010 Constructing Measures spring 2019

Facts about this course






Covers two semesters, starting every autumn


Every spring

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