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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on principles of assessment and evaluation for educators at the tertiary level. In the unit, participants will explore principles of assessment task construction, administration, scoring and technical adequacy from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The unit sessions will focus upon: linking assessment tasks and students' learning experiences; the Bloom's taxonomy as a framework for structuring different kinds of assessment tasks; foundational concepts of technical adequacy in assessment; developing effective selected response, constructed response, and alternative assessment tasks; providing effective feedback; and using data to enhance one's own teaching and assessment practices. All sessions in the unit will be highly interactive, with participants providing much of the material from their own practices for use in class activities. The overarching goal is to develop participants' skills in reflecting upon their own assessment tasks to ensure that these are aligned with, and foster, student learning.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand how to use assessment data to improve their students' learning; (2) create a variety of types of quality tasks and rubrics to assess higher order learning outcomes; (3) critique the appropriateness and quality of their own and others' assessment tasks; and (4) use feedback to improve students' learning as well as own teaching.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessment task redesign and (2) preparation of application demonstrating quality of teaching and student learning. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sonia Ferns
Contact hours
25 contact hours, with a total time commitment of 150 hours.
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