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EDF3001 - Assessing learning

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Mr S Keast (Clayton) ; Dr W Sutherland-Smith and Dr M Plunkett (Gippsland)


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)


Introduction to a range of formal and informal techniques for assessment. The purposes for which assessments are used and the means by which they are interpreted. Single task assessments and assessment programs for a unit. Different types of assessment lend themselves to different purposes, uses and interpretations, and the unit is designed to help students understand these links as they make decisions about assessment.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to critically reflect on their personal beliefs, values and experiences about learning and assessment and their interactions; distinguish between the key concepts of: norm- and criterion-referenced assessment; formative and summative assessment; authentic and conventional assessment; competently use a variety of assessment strategies in a range of teaching contexts; critique assessment tasks in terms of their validity and reliability; construct assessment tasks that span a range of dimensions of knowledge, cognitive domains and multiple intelligences; draw on a range of learning principles to design assessment tasks that provide opportunities for students to show what they know and can do; design feedback processes and scoring rubrics that support student learning; and critique and construct reporting processes to enhance student learning.


Two Assignments (2 x 2000 words each equiv.): 50% each = 100%

Contact hours

2 hours per week


(Clayton students) EDF1301 [or EDF1303], and EDF1302 [or EDF1304]; EDF2001 [or EDF2004], and EDF2002 [or EDF2005]; (Gippsland students) EDF1301 [or EDF1303], EDF1302 [or EDF1304]; Plus EDF2003.