Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

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

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


This unit consolidates understandings of the concepts of assessment and measurement necessary for collecting comprehensive information about student performance as a basis for evaluating performance. It considers how cognitive development can be measured through teacher devised assessments and how information about student performance can be used in combination with information from standardised testing programs to provide pictures of individual and group performance. A key principle is that the quality of assessments of individuals is fundamental to the quality of assessment of groups. State standardised testing programs, such as the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and the Monitoring Standards in Education (MSE) program, are discussed in tandem with other measures of cognitive development. Focusing on the principles of quantitative educational research and evaluation, the unit examines the evaluation of both individual and group performance. The unit covers key descriptive methods for interrogating and presenting student results. It introduces simple statistical principles relevant to the interpretation of results including the relevance of student numbers and the implications of changes in cohorts over time; the concept of value adding and strengths and limitations of approaches to evaluating value adding, and key features of data analyses such as those used in Data Club. The unit also identifies appropriate and inappropriate methods of aggregating the results of individuals to evaluate the performance of groups and explains the underlying principles in terms of maximising appropriate use of information.

6 points
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) consolidate various understandings of assessment and measurement principles; (2) learn how cognitive development can be measured through teacher-devised assessments; (3) apply software to analyse assessment data; and (4) apply their understanding of measurement principles in evaluating individual and group performance.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) questions; (2) report; and (3) essay. 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 Stephen Humphry
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks)
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  • 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.