Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


In this unit we will work collaboratively as a collegial group of educators to broaden our knowledge and expertise for planning, designing and implementing quality assessment. Assessment is integral to the credibility and culpability of an educational institution and is the core of an institution's and teachers' responsibilities. According to Ramsden (2003) assessment drives student learning and generates substantial workload for teaching staff (Race & Pickford, 2007). Used effectively, assessment can empower students to take ownership of their learning journey, enhance lifelong learning, increase student motivation, and encourage curiosity and innovative problem-solving. Assessment is also a powerful tool for teachers as outcomes from quality assessment inform teaching focus and strategy, identify areas of strength and areas requiring improvement, and provide direction for teacher professional development.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the core concepts and principles of assessment and measurement theory; (2) apply understanding of concepts and principles to investigate development and progress; (3) design and construct assessments and critique/evaluate assessments and assessment items; (4) apply software to analyse assessment data; and (5) interpret student results.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) assessment design; and (3) case study: data interpretation. 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
Online with 2 intensive teaching days
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.