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MEU0003 - Assessment and evaluation in health professional education

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Professor Brian Jolly


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop their knowledge about assessment and to extend and refine their use of assessment techniques. It includes elements of appraising research that will be further developed in MEU0004. One of its aims is to develop participants' expertise both as an examiner and as a member of teams considering assessment data. It has been designed to utilize participants existing expertise in assessment and to begin to integrate their studies in the Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education.


On completion of this unit participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of assessment in influencing student learning behaviour and the learning process;
  2. Identify and apply the principles of educational assessment in professional healthcare teaching;
  3. Critique the range of assessment tools that can be used in the effective delivery of health professional education and select appropriately to assess a range of skills, knowledge and attitudinal characteristics in different contexts;
  4. Design a number of assessment tools appropriate to clinical and scientific teaching contexts;
  5. Implement standard setting procedures for assessment;
  6. Describe and distinguish between the uses of formative and summative assessment procedures;
  7. Describe and distinguish between the uses of formative and summative assessment procedures;
  8. Describe and distinguish between assessment and performance in health professions and the implication this has for assessment;
  9. Outline the interface between Continuing Professional Development, assessment and reaccreditation in health professions.


Assessment practical and plan (40%)
Analytical paper 2500-3000 wds (30%)
Teaching portfolio (30%).