Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNotting Hill Second semester (extended) 2015 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Margaret Hay


This unit is designed to provide participants with an understanding of contemporary approaches to assessment in the health professions, with a particular emphasis on competency-based assessment. This unit aims to develop participants' understanding of assessment theory and practice aplied to health professions education across undergraduate and postgraduate training. Taking a systems approach, participants will analyse their role in the assessment of their learners and the importance of their role to the learners themselves, their institution, accreditation bodies and the community.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should 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. Describe and distinguish between the uses of formative and summative assessment procedures and the importance of feedback to both aspects;
  5. Outline the interface between Continuing Professional Development, assessment and reaccreditation in health professions.


Group presentation (10%)
Assessment system mind map (20%)
Assessment tool analysis (2500 words) (40%)
Analytical paper (2000 words) (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus with compulsory study days.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study