PE 411 - Measurement & Evaluation

PE 411 Tests and Measurements in Physical Education

This course uses the SAKAI coursesite through the LAMP portal for access to complete syllabus, notes, handouts, etc.

Course Description:
Assessment and evaluation of sports skills, physical fitness, health-related fitness, and other factors for physical education programs K-12.  Emphasis is placed on evaluation techniques. 

Bishop, Phillip A. (2008).  Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Activity Applications: Physical Education, Coaching, Athletic Training, Allied Health, and Life; Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers, Inc.; ISBN 978-1-890871-83-3

Course Goals/Objectives:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among goals, objectives, tests, measurement, and evaluation;
  • Students will be able to differentiate among validity, reliability, and objectivity and apply these concepts to test construction and evaluation;
  • Students will be able to differentiate between measurement and evaluation;
  • Students will be able to describe tests used to evaluate fitness and wellness;
  • Students will be able to define and differentiate between reliability and objectivity for norm-referenced tests and for criterion-referenced tests;
  • Students will be able to define validity and describe factors that influence validity;
  • Students will be able to differentiate between motor-fitness and health-fitness batteries;
  • Students will be able to identify and administer appropriate batteries for measurement and evaluation.

Course Relationship to Major Program and Department:
This course is a requirement for the Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports and Fitness Management emphases in the Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences.

Course Relationship to Knowledge of Content Area and Skills:

  • Knowledge about the measurement process;
  • Ability to use numbers and statistics in measurement and evaluation;
  • Ability to identify, select and perform appropriate measurement and evaluation for the population group in various physical education, exercise science, coaching, athletic training, and health areas.

Course Topics:

  • Measurement error, validity, reliability, and objectivity;
  • Devising measurement tests;
  • Understanding measurement and practical statistics for physical activity and health;
  • Measuring physical fitness, exercise, physical activity, and health;
  • Measuring psychomotor performance and sports skills (including competitive sports and coaching);
  • Alternative approaches to measurement;
  • Subjective measurement vs. objective measurement;
  • Measurement and evaluating in students;
  • Measurement in employees;
  • Measurement in research.