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EDC2300 Assessment and Reporting

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Mark Dawson
Moderator: Trevor Black


Assessment of learning is an integral part of effective teaching and learning. Prospective educators should demonstrate a sound understanding of the principles and practices of quality assessment and relate these understandings to the promotion of learning across contexts. Educators also need to consider assessment designs and purpose as they seek to enhance student outcomes and cater for the needs sof key stakeholders.


This course aims to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and practices that will enable them to constructively assess student learning, effectively evaluating and communicating reasoned and professional judgements across contexts to various stakeholders. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate explicit knowledge and understanding of theoretical underpinnings, models, concepts and technical terms pertinent to authentic assessment and reporting of and for learning (Assessment 1).
  2. demonstrate explicit knowledge of the nature and application of sound, context specific assessment and reporting strategies and techniques for gathering, interpreting, implementing, recording and reporting assessment data relevant to area of specialization (Assessment 1).
  3. apply theoretically informed judgments in relation to educational reasoning when researching and evaluating assessment and reporting policies, programs and practices (Assessment 1 and 2).
  4. apply explicit knowledge, skills and practices that will enable them to constructively assess and report on student learning in context (Assessment 2).
  5. appraise and adopt personally meaningful principles to guide assessment and reporting practices (Assessment 2).
  6. apply principles of authentic assessment of learning in the process of evaluating planning and teaching (Assessment 2)
  7. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to concepts of assessment and reporting and related concepts 20.00
2. Purposes and models of assessment and reporting 20.00
3. International, national and local policies, frameworks, legislative and accreditation standards 10.00
4. Strategies of assessment and reporting across educational contexts 10.00
5. Designing and evaluating assessment instruments and tasks 10.00
6. Communicating with others and taking responsibility for managing and reporting information on student learning 10.00
7. Record keeping, reporting and collaborating with key stakeholders 10.00
8. Issues in assessment and reporting (such as ethical issues, diversity etc.) 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGN 1 - ESSAY 40 40 27 Aug 2012 (see note 1)
ASSIGN 2-ASSESSMENT DESIGN 60 60 29 Oct 2012 (see note 2)

  1. Full assessment title: Analyse and review an assessment issue relevant to your intended specialisation area.
  2. Full assessment title: Design and justify an assessment instrument approppriate for an identified group of students.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ON-CAMPUS MODE: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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. WEB MODE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  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:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  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.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.