MAE4011 – Principles of Measurement
In this course you get acquainted with the foundational theories and concepts in measurement.
The course covers the following overarching topics:
- Fundamental issues in measurement
- Technical and statistical foundations in educational measurement
- Testing applications and interpretations
- understand the basic principles of measurement, particularly as they pertain to classical test theory, including reliability and validity
- understand why and what we measure in education and related social science
- problematize classical and contemporary issues around educational measurement, including the metric of measurement and sources of error
- use classical test theory techniques to evaluate the quality of test data and to produce basic scale scores for examinees and survey respondents
- interpret test scores
- apply the basic principles and procedures of statistics and measurement theory to educational and psychological measurement
- incorporate the evaluation of the adequacy of reliability and validity evidence into decisions regarding the use of educational and psychological measurements
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All students in the Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation Master program have equal access to the course. Other qualified applicants may be considered if there is capacity.
Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended that you take MAE4000 Data Science parallell to this course.
This course combines lectures, seminars and computer labs with data analysis tasks in statistical software environments.
Obligatory course components:
- 80% attendance requirement for the lectures
- participation in seminars and computer labs
- completion of three individual written assignments
The exam consists of a 4 hour individual written examination covering all course material and topics.
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.
IMPORTANT: Exam format temporarily changed autumn 2020
Due to corona virus restrictions, new international students will have to study from their home countries during their first semester. Because of time zone differences, the exam in MAE4011 Principles of Measurement will be given as a home exam in the autumn semester 2020.
The home exam will take place over seven days and will cover the course contents. The home exam includes three parts. Two of the parts require the students to select their exact task out of a larger pool of tasks. The third part involves analyzing data and employing the methods introduced in the course. The total extent of the exam is 2500-3500 words.
The exam assignment will be given on Friday, 11 December, and be handed in on Friday, 18 December.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
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.