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Level 3 Diploma in Psychometrics ?365.00 Course Synopsis This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma in Psychometrics is designed for managers with responsibility for staff selection and development, but not necessarily with a Human Resources background, who would like to increase their understanding of personality testing, including the underlying theory. This course will also provide an appreciation of the range and type of measures available, and of the importance of using them with an ethical approach. Psychometrics (measures of peoples' aptitudes and personality) are increasingly used in organisations for staff selection and development. Personality testing is a source of fascination for some but evokes scepticism in others. It is difficult for a non-specialist to identify well-established tests with a robust statistical basis in a situation in which tests are strongly marketed as commercial products. Managers are usually obliged to leave the choice, administration and interpretation of tests to suitably qualified experts. Yet, they may feel the need to know more, without having the time or inclination to becoming fully qualified in psychometrics. The course refers briefly to ability and aptitude testing, but focuses on measures of personality. It is designed to enable people to make informed decisions as to whether they wish to qualify e.g. for the British Psychological Society-approved Level A and B Certificates in Occupational Assessment (a pre-requisite for many psychometric tests). It will provide you with some useful introductory information which will prepare you to undertake these interesting and intensive courses. Similarly, it includes relevant points on which to base a decision to become an accredited assessor for a number of other commercially provided tests. Please note that this course is an independent review of the subject, designed for managers, and is not recognised by any supplier or accreditor of psychometric tests. Course Content Module 1 - An Overview for Managers of the Nature, Purpose and Use of Psychometric Testing This module defines psychometrics, and discusses various attitudes to personality profiling. It briefly introduces ability and aptitude testing in relation to intelligence tests. Emotional Intelligence is also mentioned in the overall context. The course defines personality at this stage. There is a major section on the importance of ensuring that tests are reliable and valid, to address any doubts about their use. The pitfalls of testing, and scope to cheat are also addressed. The use of psychometric tests is justified in comparison with other common selection methods e.g. interviewing. The Module considers the issue of measuring the value added by using personality tests. Advice is given on general principles to be followed in the choice of test. The Module concludes with some examples of the wide range of tools available: these are covered in more detail in Module 5. Module 2 - The Theoretical Background to Psychometric Testing - An Introduction to Personality Testing for Managers Module Two aims to summarise from personality theory, a complex and fascinating subject, the key points which it is useful for a manager to know when dealing with psychometrics. The level covers in outline to what a non-psychologist would need to know to qualify in e.g. Level B Occupational Assessment. The Module approaches personality theory under the categories of different theories e.g. physical, psycho-analytical or social learning theory. The aim is to explain these, and highlight their relevance, in an interesting and accessible way. The Module concludes with an introduction to the trait-based model of personality, which is of great importance in personality testing. This is the focus of attention in Module 3. There is also an initial consideration of personality type theories, with an emphasis on personality type indicator tests forming the basis of Module 4. Module 2 concludes with an introduction to

Level 3 Diploma in Psychometrics ?365.00 Course Synopsis This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma in Psychometrics is designed for managers with responsibility for staff selection and development, but not necessarily with a Human Resources background, who would like to increase their understanding of personality testing, including the underlying theory. This course will also provide an appreciation...

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