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Unit Overview


This objective is for students to develop an understanding of the core concepts of assessment necessary for systematically investigating student development, designing and constructing assessments, using information from assessments, and evaluating the quality of assessments. The unit is designed so that students have a strong grasp of key issues in designing and using assessments and interpreting student results. It focuses on assessment strategies through which assessments are deliberately constructed to measure particular skills and abilities, data are generated, and inferences drawn. The unit is also designed to provide experience in designing and conducting assessments by using core principles that can be generalised to a wide range of learning areas and contexts including primary and secondary school, vocational educational training and tertiary.

A range of assessment types are covered, including multiple choice, short responses, rubrics, and others. Key concepts such as validity and reliability, formative and summative, and criterion and norm-referenced assessment are covered.

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

Students are able to (1) describe the purposes of assessment and its role in enhancing student learning.; (2) evaluate a range of assessment methods and their appropriateness for different purposes and student populations.; (3) design assessments that are valid, reliable and fair and align with intended learning outcomes.; (4) interpret assessment data using evidence-based practices.; and (5) discuss how assessment data can be used to monitor student progress, provide feedback to students and inform teaching practices..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) assessment design; and (3) interpretation of assessment data. 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
Face to face with intensive sessions
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  • 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.