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Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics

The Department Of Human Development

Course Listing

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the program for specific course availability for each semester.

Course List

HUD 4120 Methods of empirical research

An introduction to the methods of scientific inquiry, research planning, and techniques of making observations and analyzing and presenting data.

HUDM 4050 Introduction to measurement

An introduction to basic concepts and issues in measurement. Descriptive statistics, scales of measurement, norms, reliability, validity. Advantages and limitations of measurement techniques are discussed and illustrated.

HUDM 4120 Basic concepts in statistics

Designed as a one‑semester introduction to statistical concepts and methods. An overview of data analysis techniques, including organizing, graphing, analyzing, reporting, and interpreting data.  Both descriptive and inferential techniques will be introduced.  Use of statistical software is discussed.

HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference

An introduction to statistical theory, including elementary probability theory; random variables and probability distributions; sampling distributions; estimation theory and hypothesis testing using binomial, normal, T, chi square, and F distributions.  Calculus not required.

HUDM 4125 Statistical inference

Prerequisite: Course in Calculus. Calculus-based introduction to mathematical statistics.  Topics include an introduction to calculus-based probability; continuous and discrete distributions; point estimation; method of moments and maximum likelihood estimation; properties of estimators including bias and mean squared error; large sample properties of estimators; hypothesis testing including the likelihood ratio test; and interval estimation.

HUDM 4901 Research and independent study: Measurement and evaluation

Permission required.

HUDM 4902 Research and independent study: Applied statistics

Permission required.

HUDM 5000 HUDM Statistics Lab

Students in this lab must also be enrolled in HUDM 5122 or HUDM 5123.

HUDM 5026 Intro to Data Analysis in R

Prerequisite: HUDM 4122.This course provides an introduction to the R language and environment for statistical computing with an emphasis on the application of fundamental graphical and statistical techniques. While some theory will be presented (for example, when discussing regression models), the focus will be on implementation and interpretation as opposed to study of the statistical properties of the methods.


HUDM 5058 Choice and decision making

Prerequisite: HUDM 4122 or equivalent. Surveys quantitative models of individual decision making, from the introduction of the notion of "utility" by Daniel Bernoulli through current models such as Tversky and Kahneman's "Prospect Theory." The focus is on psychological or descriptive models of how people make decisions, although methods of rational decision analysis are briefly discussed.

HUDM 5059 Psychological measurement

A previous course in statistics or measurement is recommended. An in-depth examination of measurement and associated techniques, norms, classical test theory, reliability, validity, item response theory, issues, and applications. Open to doctoral students and Ed.M students in psychology; others only by permission.

HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis

Least squares estimation theory. Traditional simple and multiple regression models and polynomial regression models, including use of categorical predictors.  Logistic regression for dichotomous outcome variables is also covered. Lab meetings devoted to applications of SPSS regression program.

HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design

Analysis of variance models including single and multiple factor experiments, between-subject and within-subject designs, trend analysis, factorial and nested designs, random effects, analysis of covariance, and blocking. Lab devoted to computer applications.

HUDM 5124 Multidimensional scaling and clustering

Prerequisites: HUDM 4122 and HUDM 5122 or equivalent. Methods of analyzing proximity data (similarities, correlations, etc.), including multidimensional scaling, which represents similarities among items by plotting the items into a geometric space, and cluster analysis for grouping items.

HUDM 5126 Linear models and regression analysis

Introduction to the theory and application of linear regression using calculus and matrix algebra.  Focus on multiple regression models including dummy variables and polynomial models, regression diagnostics, and advanced methods such as weighted least squares, multilevel models, and an introduction to the generalized linear model.

HUDM 5150 HUDM Statistical Careers, Communication, and Capstone

Prerequisite: 24 points completed towards MS Applied Statistics degree. This is a capstone course to the M.S. in Applied Statistics degree. In it students will discuss best practices in statistical analyses, including the role of a consultant and ethical issues encountered in analyses. Students will also study best practices for effective communication of statistics, including verbal, written, and graphical. Students will produce a capstone paper integrating the methods and skills they have learned across the M.S. degree.

HUDM 5250 Research practicum in measurement and evaluation

Permission required. Students enrolled are expected to spend a semester involved in a research project, either assisting a faculty member or in an applied setting. A formal report will be submitted.

HUDM 6026 Computational statistics

Prerequisite: HUDM 4125 and either HUDM 5122 or HUDM 5126. Provides an introduction to computationally intense methods in applied statistics, taught in R. Topics include methods of evaluating statistical estimators; design, implementation, and reporting of Monte Carlo simulation studies; resampling and reordering methods; and nonparametric and data mining approaches to regression.

HUDM 6030 Multilevel longitudinal data analysis

Prerequisite: HUDM 5122. Multilevel models include a broad range of models called by various names, such as random effects models, multi-level models, and growth curve models. This course introduces the background and computer skills needed to understand and utilize these models.

HUDM 6051 Psychometric Theory I

Permission required. Prerequisites: HUDM 5059, HUDM 5122, or equivalents. Classical test theory and applications and test/instrument development and validation. 

HUDM 6052 Psychometric theory II

Permission required. Prerequisites: HUDM 6052 or equivalent. Item response theory and applications and cognitive diagnostic models.

HUDM 6055 Latent structure analysis

Prerequisite: HUDM 5122. Recommended: HUDM 6122. Study of latent structure analysis, including measurement models for latent traits and latent classes, path analysis, factor analysis, structural equations, and categorical data analysis.

HUDM 6122 Multivariate analysis I

Prerequisite: HUDM 5122 or HUDM 5126; HUDM 5123 is recommended. An introduction to multivariate statistical analysis, including matrix algebra, general linear hypothesis and application, profile analysis, principal components analysis, discriminant analysis, and classification methods.

HUDM 6900 Advanced research and independent study

Permission required.

HUDM 7500 Dissertation seminar

Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms. Ph.D & Ed.D students must complete 3 points over 2 semesters prior to proposing their dissertation. 

HUDM 8900 Dissertation advisement

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./ Ph.D. degrees. Ed.D & Ph.D students must register for this every semester while completing their dissertation. 

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