Monash University Handbooks 2008

EDF4004 - Assessing learning

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Mr S Keast (Clayton), Dr W Sutherland-Smith (Gippsland)


Clayton First semester 2008 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2008 (Evening)
Gippsland First semester 2008 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester (Open Learning) 2008 (Open Learning)


In this unit, students explore the interactions between the learning process and assessment. Drawing on their learning in related units and their experience in fieldwork settings, students consider how different learning theories and models lend themselves to different assessment purposes, types, modes, uses and interpretations. Students investigate the paradigm shifts characterised by assessment OF learning and assessment FOR learning and develop design skills for a range of productive assessment tasks; including self/peer assessment; rubrics, and formative and summative tests.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. examine their beliefs about learning and assessment and compare these with research findings;
  2. explain how assessment practices, including feedback, interact with learning processes;
  3. interpret and utilise key assessment concepts;
  4. design a range of ways of generating evidence of student learning; and
  5. critique reporting processes in terms of clarity for their audience and usefulness for future learning.


25 days shared across this unit, Core Education Units and students' selection of Core Curriculum/Curriculum Elective Units.


Assessment Task 1 - critical inquiry essay (2000 words, 50%).
Assessment Task 2 - design and analysis task (equivalent to 2000 words, 50%).

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


Undergraduate degree; enrolment in Grad. Dip. Ed; or by special permission


{EDF3001, EDF5422}

[an error occurred while processing this directive]