EDU5713 Assessment, Evaluation and Learning

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
EDU 5713 1, 2010 WEB Assessment, Evaluation and Learning 1 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOEDU
Academic org: FOE002
Student contribution band: National Priority Teaching
ASCED code: 070303



Examiner: Mark Dawson
Moderator: Henriette van Rensburg


Assessment of learning provides valuable planning and evaluation information to teachers/trainers and their clients. As this information constitutes the basis on which many education/training decisions are built, it is imperative that educators in all settings are able to understand and apply the principles of quality assessment. The content and activities of this course enable participants to experience a range of assessment strategies, and will require them to apply such strategies in developing and implementing quality, authentic assessment in their particular educational setting. The use of assessment data in the process of evaluation and the enhancement of teaching quality are important components of this course.


This course addresses the theory and practice of assessment and evaluation. Participants will gain an understanding of the principles, theories and recommended practices that govern quality assessment, distinguish between assessment, evaluation, measurement, testing and reporting. The purposes of assessment and the different frames of reference for interpreting assessment information, including norm-referenced, criterion referenced and ipsative-referenced interpretation are explored. Participants are introduced to methods of recording and reporting assessment information, and the use of relevant assessment data in the process of improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning. Participants will also be required to be aware of ethical issues in the process of evaluation, understand the concepts of validity and reliability, select and justify appropriate data gathering devices and data analysis strategies for the conduct of evaluations. Students enrolling in this course are required to have first-hand knowledge of and access to an actual instructional situation.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

define the concepts of assessment and evaluation and distinguish them from related concepts (Assessment 1)
distinguish between different domains of intellectual development and implications for assessment practices (Assessment 1)
identify the different purposes for which assessment and evaluation information can be used (All assessment items)
demonstrate understanding of the concepts of validity, reliability and bias and their application to assessment and evaluation (All assessment items)
distinguish different methods of assessment and evaluation (All assessment items)
demonstrate understadning of the issues associated with assessment in academic and competency-based education and training environments (Assessment 1)
scope, design and justify an authentic assessment instrument relevant to specific learning environments, which demonstrates the above understanding (Assessment item 1)
justify various methods used to record and report assessment information (Assessment item 1)
construct and justify authentic assessment instruments relevant to specific learning environments, which demonstrate the above understanding (Assessment item 1)
utilise and justify various methods used to record and report assessment information. (Assessment item 2)
understand the principles behind the construction of instruments appropriate for collecting data necessary for an evaluation (Assessment item 2)
understand the principles behind data analysis in the context of both qualitative and quantitative evaluations (Assessment item 2)
construct an educational evaluation proposal relating to the evaluation of an educational program. (Assessment item 2)
demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing. (all assessment items)


Description Weighting (%)
1. An introduction to assessment concepts
2. Types and methods of assessment
3. Assessment process and instruments, analysis and reporting
4. designing assessment for academic and competency-based environments
5. Authenticity in assessment
6. Reporting assessment
7. Defining education evaluation
8. Construct an educational evaluation proposal relating to the evaluation of a learning program
9. Ethics in evaluation
10. Validity, reliability and analogous qualitative criteria
11. Data collection and analysis
12. Report writing

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

(There is no prescribed text for this course)


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

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Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 20 Apr 2010
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 11 Jun 2010


  1. Attendance requirements:
    WEB There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL or in the current USQ Handbook.


1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.


  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.
  2. For detailsl of the technical requirements and accessing internet study materials, please consult the following URL:
  3. Students enrolling in this course are required to have first-hand knowledge of and access to an actual instructional situation.

This version produced 17 May 2011.