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Unit Overview


This unit develops an understanding of the fundamental concepts of assessment and measurement necessary for systematically investigating development continua, designing and constructing assessments, using information from assessments, and evaluating the quality of assessments. Participants develop an understanding of assessment and measurement and their relationship with learning. They understand principles and approaches to constructing assessment, using information from assessments and evaluating the quality of assessments. The unit considers strengths and limitations of different types of assessment. The unit builds towards a framework within which to understand fundamental principles and features of the process of educational assessment and measurement. As basic principles are explained, actual examples are referred to in order to make the principles and their importance tangible.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand the fundamental concepts of assessment and measurement theory; (2) use understandings of measurement theory to investigate developmental continua; (3) design and construct assessments; (4) apply software to analyse assessment data; (5) understand, and use appropriately, different types of assessment for different purposes; and (6) understand the role of feedback in assessment and learning.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: a major project in which each student focuses on aspects of the process of assessment and measurement of greatest relevance to work, or of greatest personal interest as a research topic.The materials are structured so that students can develop an understanding of all key facets of the process of assessment and measurement before focusing on a particular area. 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
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks incorporating exercises, discussion, explicit feedback on assignments and laboratory work
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  • 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.