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, students acquire a body of knowledge and skills required for the assessment of learning outcomes and evaluation of learning environments relevant for the health professions. Students explore the principles of an effective assessment and critically evaluate various tools available for assessment in clinical education. They are also exposed to the non-traditional methods of assessment and review their utility within their own context. Students explore principles and models of the evaluation of teaching and learning.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) explain the role of assessment in the learning process; (2) describe the characteristics of an effective assessment task; (3) describe the advantages and limitations of different assessment tasks; (4) design and critique an assessment task and measurement tool; (5) explain the principles and models of the evaluation of teaching and learning; and (6) design and critique an evaluation tool.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online assessment; (2) preparation of an assessment; and (3) preparation of an evaluation. 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)
Professor Sandra Carr
Unit rules
IMED5801 Principles of Teaching and Learning (may be taken concurrently as a corequisite)
Contact hours
Unit is available online using asynchronous learning methods.

Yudkowsky, R. Assessment in Health Professions Education, 2nd Ed. 2018.

  • 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.