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EDV3401 Program Design and Evaluation

Semester 1, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Catherine Arden
Moderator: Peter McIlveen


Pre-requisite: EDC1400 and EDC2300

Other requisites

Students must have successfully completed the entire previous year's professional experience courses in order to enrol in this course. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see:


Dynamic and significant reforms in education and training in combination with increasing demands for relevance, responsiveness, quality and accountability require educators and trainers to be able to design effective education and training programs and evaluate their efficacy and impact in a range of post-compulsory settings. This course aims to build the capacity of educators and trainers to respond to these contemporary and emerging demands.


In this course learners will examine theories, models and frameworks of curriculum and program design and evaluation and their application in a range of post-compulsory education and training contexts. Learners will use this foundation to inform the development and justification of both an education/training program designed to respond to an identified training/learning need in their own instructional context and a comprehensive plan for the evaluation of their program. This course requires learners enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Technical and Vocational Education) to successfully complete 15 days of supervised professional experience. Students in the Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training are required to complete a minimum of 25 hours of supervised instruction.


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 completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theories, models and frameworks used for the design and evaluation of education/training programs as well as their application in a range of post-compulsory contexts (Assignments 1 & 2)
  2. drawing on relevant theory and contextual factors, develop and justify an education/training program that responds to an identified training/learning need in their own context (Assignments 1 & 2)
  3. drawing on relevant theory and contextual factors, develop and justify a plan for the evaluation of their program (Assignments 1 & 2)
  4. critically reflect on and evaluate their own teaching episodes informed by a range of data sources (Professional Experience)
  5. demonstrate competency in planning, implementing and evaluating teaching/instructional episodes (Assignment 2 & Professional Experience)
  6. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of appropriate personal, professional and academic literacies (All Assignments)
  7. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of appropriate ICT uses in education and training. (Assignment 2 & Professional Experience)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Planning for Reflective Practice 10.00
2. Foundations and Models of Curriculum, Program Design and Evaluation 30.00
3. Needs and Context Analysis: Implications for Program Design and Evaluation 25.00
4. Design and Development of a Training Program 20.00
5. Design and Development of an Evaluation Plan 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Lawlor, D. R. & Tovey, M.D 2011, Training in Australia, 4th edn, Pearson Education Australia, French's Forest.

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.
  • Brady, L., & Kennedy, K 2010, Curriculum construction, 4th edn, Pearson Education Australia, French's Forest, NSW.
  • Fitzpatrick, J., Saunders, J., & Worthen, B 2011, Program evaluation: Alternative approaches and practical guidelines (international edition), Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest NSW.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 80.00
Directed Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 15 Apr 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 59 59 10 Jun 2013
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1 1 10 Jun 2013 (see note 1)

  1. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the Practical VET Teaching Placement and/or Evidence Portfolio component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the Practical VET Teaching Placement and/or Evidence Portfolio component. Practical VET Teaching Placement should be conducted as per the Professional Experience Calendar unless approval has been granted by the Course Examiner.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 or in the case of Professional Experience, complete all assessment requirements to a satisfactory standard.

  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 and must satisfactorily complete the sector-based professional experience.

  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 enrolled in this course require access to an instructional environment in which they can participate in the development, delivery and evaluation of a teaching unit/training program (or part thereof), including completion of 15 days/25 hours of supervised professional experience depending on program requirement.

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

  3. IMPORTANT NOTE*: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT ‘BLUE CARD’. For further information: and
    *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.
    *Students whose placements do not require them to come into contact with students under 18 years of age are not required to have a blue card. TAFE Teachers are exempt from the Blue Card requirement by virtue of their employment conditions (compulsory police checks carried out prior to appointment).