EDUC5636 Assessment and Measurement

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This objective is for students to develop an understanding of the core concepts of assessment and measurement 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. The unit is based on a conceptual framework within which to understand core principles of educational assessment and measurement. As principles are explained, actual examples are referred to in order to make the principles and their importance tangible. The materials are structured so that students develop an understanding of all core concepts and principles before focusing on particular areas in essays and the project.
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) assignments and (2) major project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephen Humphry
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks)
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-2B_2019_ONLINE]
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