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Psychometrics Diploma

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.
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Course introduction

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. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

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 "The Big Five", a model which identifies five over-arching factors of personality e.g. Extraversion and Conformity.

Module 3 - The Interpretation and Use of Trait-Based Tests with Focus on 15FQ+

Module 3 takes the student through the process of administering and scoring a typical test, with an emphasis on good practice and an ethical approach. Although it provides a brief comparison of the 16 PF, 15FQ+ and OPP tests, the focus is on the 15FQ+ purely in order to provide specific examples to explain points. The course emphasises the importance of corroborating tendencies indicated by a test e.g. the need to obtain evidence from the respondent to support a high score for Introversion or Social Boldness.

The Module concludes with a discussion of the use of trait-based tests, both in terms of their limitations, and as predictors of job performance.

Great care is taken throughout not to promote any particular test, nor to include negative assessments. Students are advised to consult the British Psychological Society if in doubt.

Module 4 - The Interpretation and Use of Type Indicator Tests with Focus on the Jung Type Indicator (JTI) and Myers-Briggs MBTI ®.

Starting with a definition of type indicator tests, the course moves on to expand on the theories behind these, building on information covered in Module 2. Brief explanations of test questionnaire design, scoring and interpretation are provided. A major section is included on the 16 personality types developed from the work of Jung. The Module also explains the difference between Myers-Briggs/JTI and Keirsey's Temperament Sorter. It concludes with an evaluation of type indicator tests with reference to e.g. the Forer Effect, or tendency of people to rate statements as highly accurate descriptors of themselves, when they could equally apply to others. The Assignment provides an opportunity for students to take a type indicator test and discuss the results with their tutor (a qualified assessor). There will be an extra charge to cover the cost of the purchase of the test and scoring procedure.

Module 5 - A Review of the Use of Additional "Tools" for Personality Profiling

This Module encourages the student to digest information from previous sections, by stressing the basic pattern for trait-based testing to be most suitable for staff selection, whereas type indicator tests are more appropriate for staff development.

The main body of the Module presents a review of a selection of widely-known tools in current use, categorised as: measures of values, preferences, interests and styles e.g. OIP+, VMI and California Personality Inventory (CPI); tools suited to staff development, team-building and constructive working relationships e.g. The SDI, Margerison-McCann Work Wheel; "instruments" designed to meet new developments e.g. for 360 degree appraisal. The student should not attach any significance to the omission of any test from the large number available.

The underlying aim is to enable students to adopt a suitably judicious approach to "tools", many of which are strongly promoted commercial products but which vary considerably in the extent to which they are "statistically valid". As already stated, this Module does not favour or reject any specific test. It makes the point that, even if a measure if relatively new and does not have a generally accepted robust theoretical basis, it may have a useful part to play in staff development and team building.

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

Awarding organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Course units

Module 1: An Overview for Managers of the Nature, Purpose and Use of Psychometric Testing
Module 2: The Theoretical Background to Psychometric Testing - An Introduction to Personality Testing for Managers
Module 3: The Interpretation and Use of Trait-Based Tests with Focus on 15FQ+
Module 4: The Interpretation and Use of Type Indicator Tests with Focus on the Jung Type Indicator (JTI) and Myers-Briggs MBTI ®.
Module 5: A Review of the Use of Additional

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12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

FAQs

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You need to be able to commit your time to the course. To help you understand the commitment needed, each of the course descriptions estimates the amount of time it will take you to complete the course. This is based on an average study period of approximately 10 hours per week.

It is best to choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ option against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone or by post, call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from six weeks to nine months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the size of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that postage and packaging is charged in addition to the course price.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exam at a registered test centre. You will need to organise the examination yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be included in your study pack.

The details of what sort of exam/assignment (if any) is required for a course will be stated on the course description page, so please check these for full details.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing enquiries@ncchomelearning.co.uk or calling 0333 3445 690.

Can reasonable adjustments be made to help reduce the effects of a disability or difficulty that may place me at a disadvantage?

A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the candidate at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the integrity of what needs to be assessed, but may involve:

Changing standard assessment arrangements, for example allowing candidates extra time to complete the assessment activity Adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in Braille Providing access facilitators during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or a reader Re-organising the assessment room, such as removing visual stimuli for an autistic candidate.

Reasonable adjustments are approved or set in place before the assessment activity takes place; they constitute an arrangement to give the candidate access to the assessment activity. The use of a reasonable adjustment will not be taken into consideration during the assessment of a candidate’s work.

Awarding organisations and centres are only required by law to do what is ‘reasonable’ in terms of giving access. What is reasonable will depend on the individual circumstances, cost implications and the practicality and effectiveness of the adjustment. Other factors, such as the need to maintain competence standards and health and safety, will also be taken into consideration.

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