HPER3150: Measurement and Evaluation in HPER

Dr. Yuanlong Liu


Tel: 387-2674

Course Description:

This course covers measurement and evaluation techniques in terms of understanding, interpretation, and application with emphasis on administration, selection, and use of tests; interpretation of results through statistical procedures; analysis of tests available in Exercise Science, Health, and Physical Education and techniques for developing assessment tools.



Morrow, J. R., Jackson, A. W., Disch, J. G., & Mood, D. P. (2011). Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.


Program Objectives Addressed in Course:

            Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Be able to describe the difference between quantitative and qualitative measurement and evaluation; comparing the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
  2. Be able to apply contemporary evaluation models to determine the effectiveness of a variety of programs and research activities related to health, physical education, and exercise science including the following:
    1. formative and summative evaluation
    2. norm reference and criterion references standards
    3. evaluation of the learner/client
    4. process evaluation for a variety of programs and activities
    5. product evaluation for a variety of programs and activities
  3. Understand contemporary test theory and its application to the fields of health, physical education and exercise including:
    1. the nature of a true score and an observed score
    2. the concepts of objectivity, reliability and validity
    3. sources of measurement error
    4. the meaning of a statistically significant difference
  4. Be able to calculate using both a calculator and appropriate statistical software basic descriptive statistics including the following:
    1. types of data
    2. measures of central tendency
    3. measure of variability
    4. standard scores
    5. percentiles and percentile ranks
    6. correlation


Tentative Course Content:

Week 1-2 (Chapter 1, 2)

1.                  An overview of measurement and evaluation.  The concepts of measurement and evaluation.

A.    Terminology

B.     Purposes of Measurement, Testing, and Evaluation

C.     Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain (Bloom)

D.    Taxonomy of the Affective Domain (Krathwohl)

E.     Taxonomy of the Psychomotor Domain (Harrow)

F.      Relationships among test, measurement, and evaluation

2.                  Using Technology in Measurement and Evaluation

A.    Use of Computers for Measurement

B.     The Internet and Your Textbook

C.     SPSS and Excel

D.    Sample Data Sheet

E.     Preparing Your Own Data Set

Week 3-Week 6 (Chapter 3, 4)

3.                  Statistics related to the measurement and evaluation in the field of health, physical education, and exercise science.

Week 2: Descriptive Statistics and the Normal Distribution

A.    Scales of Measurement

B.     Describing groups of scores

-Central tendency and variability

-Distribution types

            C.  Describing individual scores

-Percentiles and standard scores

            Week3: Correlation and Prediction

            A.  Describing relationships between scores


-Correlation and predictions


Week 7-9 (Chapter 5, overview)

4.                  Inferential Statistics

A.    Inferential Statistics

B.     Hypothesis Testing

C.     Normal Distribution

D.    Some Examples


Week 10-11 (Chapter 6, 7)


5.                  Norm-Referenced Measurement

A.    Reliability

B.     Validity

C.     Applied Reliability and Validity Measures

6.                  Criterion-Referenced Measurement

A.    Criterion-Referenced Testing

B.     Reliability and validity Study


Week 12-13 (Chapter 8, 9, overview)


7.                  Alternative Assessment

8.                  Summative Evaluation




The course assignments at the end of each chapter are designed to fulfill the stated objectives of the course.  They are designed to assist you in developing mastery over course content, develop skills in the critical areas of test development, test selection, computation, application of the skills in the field of health, exercise science and physical education. The practice quizzes are included in the learning modules for you to check your understanding and to prepare your quiz for grade.


Evaluation Components:

1.                  Quizzes and Assignments……………………………………………………90%


The quizzes will be put up the Mondays after each learning module finishes for you to take. The grade will be in your grade book as soon as the quiz is graded. I will post an announcement for any changes.

Grading Scale:

(Minimum percentages for each grade level are below)

A: 90%   BA: 82%   B: 76%   CB: 69%   C: 62%   DC: 56%   D: 50%


Course Structure:

PEPR 3150 is an online course, with weekly assignments and computer assignments will require running computer programs (preferably SPSS and EXCEL, but students may use whatever program they wish).  Assistance will be available to run the programs.  The assignments are meant to be learning experiences, and collaborative discussion online is encouraged.  All course requirements must be deemed complete before credit will be granted for the course.


Getting Help

For the course issues, I can be contacted through e-mail (yuanlong.liu@wmich.edu) at any time, or via phone (269-387-2674). Computer issues and the technical problems please contact the Academic Technology and Instructional Services of WMU (Tel: 269-387-2874).




ACADEMIC INTEGRITY PARAGRAPH (recommended by faculty senate)


You are responsible for making yourself aware of and
understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate
(pp. 271-272) [Graduate (pp. 24-26)] Catalog that pertain to
Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication,
falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism,
complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you
have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred
to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. You will be given the
opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not
responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You
should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of
academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or