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EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Assessment Principles & Pract
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070303 - Education Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nicole Brownlie


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 should be able to:

  1. define the concept of assessment and evaluation and distinguish it from related concepts (Assignment 1)
  2. distinguish between different domains of intellectual development and implications for assessment practices (Assignment 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. demonstrate 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 (Assignment 1)
  9. scope, design and justify an authentic assessment instrument relevant to specific learning environments, which demonstrates the above understanding (Assignment 2)
  10. justify various methods used to record and report assessment information (Assignment 2)
  11. utilise and justify various methods used to record and report assessment information (Assignment 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 instruments, 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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Butlin, M & Maden, N 2017, Assessment and reporting in Australian schools, Pearson, Melbourne, Victoria.
(This is a custom publication for EDU5713 compiled for the University of Southern Queensland and is only available from the USQ Bookshop.).

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.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 24 Apr 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 29 May 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ONLINE 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Not applicable.

  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 at

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

  3. Students enrolling in this course are required to have first-hand knowledge of and access to an actual instructional situation.