8 x 1-hour lectures per semester
8 x 2-hour tutorials per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDES9632, EDES9632D has been successfully completed
Topic description

The topic is designed for educators working in any level of education. It will introduce participants to the theory and practice of educative assessment and examine traditional and innovative practices. Political, cultural, and social influences on education and assessment will be explored, along with current issues and developments. The topic will build upon students' knowledge of learning, curriculum and pedagogy. Methods of improving learning through assessment will be investigated. Assessment literacy is used as a framework for understanding assessment purposes, principles and practices. The topic integrates evidence-based approaches to assessment with standards for professional practice through an exploration of recent literature and an examination of current curricula and standards.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Critically examine the purposes and practices of assessment from a range of perspectives
  • Critically evaluate assessment policies and practices using research-based evidence
  • Investigate the process of planning, implementing and responding to assessments in the context of current curricula
  • Consider inclusive assessment methods
  • Explore interpretations of and responses to assessment
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the nature and purposes of assessment, standards, and accountability from a number of philosophical perspectives
  2. Plan of assessment activities including setting learning goals in relation to current curricula, designing assessment tasks, setting achievement standards, anticipating responses and preparing feedback
  3. Critically evaluate methods of assessment, standard setting, and accountability using statistical and non-statistical methods
  4. Apply and evaluate knowledge of inclusive assessment methods

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.