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309.718.01 APPLICATIONS OF ITEM RESPONSE THEORY (IRT) IN HEALTH RESEARCH AND PRACTICE

Cancelled

Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Kitty Chan
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
Description:

The goal of this course is to introduce students to Item Response Theory (IRT) and its potential applications in health research and practice. Students will learn about key assumptions, concepts, widely used models and procedures for implementing basic techniques through classroom lectures. As part of each session, students will also discuss an assigned reading on current applications of this method to appreciate the diverse ways this framework has been used in the health field.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify key assumptions and concepts of this framework and distinguish between widely used IRT models
Evaluate pros and cons of this measurement approach for different health and health care research and practice applications
Utilize basic techniques learned in the class to examine typical measurement problems

Methods of Assessment: Two exercises/problem sets (25% each) and a final project (50%) Students will be asked to complete all three assignments individually using an existing dataset, either an appropriate dataset of their choice or a dataset provided by the instructor.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Thursday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates not permitted
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

309.712.81 or 330.657.01 or consent of instructor

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail