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EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices

Semester 1, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Mark Dawson
Moderator: Trevor Black


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 based, 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.


This course address the theory and practice of assessment. Participants gain an understanding of the principles, theories and recommended practices that govern quality assessment.
Participants explore methods of assessment and 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. The course
engages participants in scoping and designing and justifying an authentic assessment tool to meet learner and stakeholder needs in their professional context. Students enrolling in this course are required to have first-hand knowledge of and access to a teaching situation in school, post-compulsory, community education or training context.


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:

  1. define the concept of assessment and evaluation and distinguish it from related concepts (Assessment 1)
  2. distinquish between different domains of intellectual development and implications for assessment practices (Assessment 1)
  3. identify the different purposes for which assessment and information can be used (All assessment items)
  4. demonstrate understanding of the concepts of validity, reliability and bias and their application to assessment (All assessment items)
  5. demonstrated understanding of a set of principles that are generally viewed to guide sound assessment practice (All assessment items)
  6. distinguish between different frames of reference that are used to interpret assessment information (All assessment items)
  7. distinguish different methods of assessment (All assessment items)
  8. demonstrate understanding of the issues associated with assessment in academic and competency-based education and training environments (Assessment 1)
  9. scope, design and justify an authentic assessment instrument relevant to specific learning environments, which demonstrates the above understanding (Assessment 2)
  10. justify various methods used to record and report assessment information (Assessment 2)
  11. utilise and justify various methods used to record and report assessment information (Assessment 2)
  12. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar and bibliographic referencing


Description Weighting(%)
1. An introduction to assessment concepts 15.00
2. Types and methods of assessment 15.00
3. Assessment process and instrucments, analysis and reporting 30.00
4. Designing assessment for academic and competency-based environments 10.00
5. Authenticity in assessment 20.00
6. Reporting assessment 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 82.00
Independent Study 83.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 25 Apr 2012 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 13 Jun 2012

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students are to use APA style referencing in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The USQ Library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system. // and

Important assessment information

  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 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.

  2. For details 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.