Course Outline

EDU766 Assessing Learning

Course Coordinator:Renee Morrison ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2023Session 5

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course focuses on the dynamic nature of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment for learning principles in the context of secondary schooling. The theory and practice of assessment is interrogated through research projects, including how to design intellectually challenging, authentic, credible, safe and engaging processes of assessment of, for and as learning for students. You will then apply specialised knowledge and skills to design, create and justify assessment artefacts, teaching and learning activities, formative and summative assessment and assessment criteria.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials 4hrs Week 1 5 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – A blended learning approach is used to deliver the workshop component of the course. The tutorial/workshop 1 component is synchronous using technology-enabled learning and teaching experience that involves compulsory on-campus engagement and application of learning materials for a period of 5 days in early July. This component is the morning component. 20hrs Week 1 Once Only
Seminar – online 1hr Week 1 6 times

Course Topics

  • The nature of assessment, moderation and feedback in the 7-10 secondary years -assessment for learning, assessment of learning, assessment as learning
  • The changing nature of secondary schooling and the various contexts for assessing student learning from national and state contexts
  • Designing assessment in secondary contexts: criteria and, standards, grading tools, backward mapping; aligning curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Assessing ‘big ideas’ in the Learning Areas
  • Criteria sheets, rubrics, Guides to Making Judgments
  • Standardised testing
  • Modifying assessment to cater for diversity, inclusion and student safety
  • Deslgning Learning sequences to support assessment
  • Strategies to assess student learning including informal, formal, diagnostic, formative and summative

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Research, evaluate and critically reflect on assessment principles and concepts related to Assessment for Learning, Assessment of Learning, Assessment as Learning. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5
2 Research and evaluate past and present assessment policy and practices in relevant secondary learning contexts and demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning and keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement. Creative and critical thinker
2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5
3 Apply deep knowledge and understanding of assessment processes and principles to design rigorous and authentic assessment products and associated teaching and learning sequences that promote learning, engage learners and provide credible assessment of standards. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5
4 Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning, and involve parents/carers in the educative process Knowledgeable
2.2, 2.3, 3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
2.2 Content selection and organisation: Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting: Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.
3 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals: Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs: Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
3.3 Use teaching strategies: Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4 Select and use resources: Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
5 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
5.1 Assess student learning: Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.
5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning: Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning
5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements: Demonstrate understanding of assessment moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
5.4 Interpret student data: Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.
5.5 Report on student achievement: Demonstrate understanding of a range of strategies for reporting to students and parents/ carers and the purpose of keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program ED706


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Task 1 online quiz added prior to census to provide early feedback to students

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 10%
20 mins duration
Week 1 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2a Artefact - Creative Individual 20%
500 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2b Artefact - Professional Individual 30%
500 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Essay Individual 40%
2000 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Online quiz
The goal of this task is to evidence your understanding of the key components of the task sheet artefact.
Product: Quiz/zes
You will answer a series of online questions about the Key Components of the Task Sheet Artefact to prepare you for that submission of Task 2a.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding of key components of the task sheet artefact
All - Assessment Task 2a:Assessment Artefact: Task and Task Sheet
The goal of this task is for you to research and apply knowledge of assessment principles and practices in order to conceptualise an authentic assessment task and to develop an accompanying task sheet for students. The task sheet will include Key Components: including a series of sequenced learning sequences to support assessment, and learning experiences reflecting formative assessment strategies linked to the concept of assessment for learning.
Product: Artefact - Creative
You are required to conceptualise an authentic assessment task from a Learning Area of your choice and year level of your choice (Australian curriculum: 7-10). A template will be provided for you to use. Further details will be made available in Week 1 and in seminars. 
Please note this task is to be submitted at the same time as Task 2b
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding of assessment principles related to the concepts of assessment of learning or assessment for learning or assessment as learning.
1 3
Written communication skills
Knowledge and understanding of the chosen Australian Curriculum Learning Area
1 3
All - Assessment Task 2b:Assessment artefact: Guide to Making Judgments (GTMJ)
The goal of this task is to demonstrate understanding of assessment literacy in relation to task design; design of grading tools and alignment of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
Product: Artefact - Professional
In task 1 you created a task sheet for students. in this task you will create an accompanying GTMJ artefact that aligns with this artefact. More information will be provided in Week 1 and in seminars. Please note this task is to be submitted at the same time as Task 2a
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding of the mandated curriculum
1 3
Ability to create a usable and aligned GTMJ that explicitly discriminates standards
2 3
Academic literacies including spelling, grammar, syntax and presentation skills
All - Assessment Task 3:Justification of assessment artefacts
The goal of this task is for you to research and apply knowledge of assessment principles (including internal and external alignment, feedback, moderation,cognitive verbs, authenticity) and assessment practices in secondary schooling to justify the assessment artefacts created in Task 1 and Task 2.
Product: Essay
Using the assessment artefacts you created for Task 1 and 2, you will respond to a series of Key Questions, justifying your artefacts in terms of task authenticity, assessment principles in relation to designing criteria sheets and alignment of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. You will need to demonstrate understanding of the significance of feedback and moderation practices when responding to the questions. You must support this with assessment related literature from the readings provided.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Justification of the assessment task as authentic and aligned to the Learning area
3 4
Justification of assessment task sheet
3 4
Justification of GTMJ
3 4
Ability to reflect on value of feedback to provide modifications to future practice
1 2 3
Academic literacies including spelling, grammar, syntax and use of literature

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Peter Grainger,Katie Weir 2020 Facilitating Student Learning and Engagement in Higher Education Through Assessment Rubrics n/a Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

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Links to relevant University policy and procedures

For more information on Academic Learning & Teaching categories including:

  • Assessment: Courses and Coursework Programs
  • Review of Assessment and Final Grades
  • Supplementary Assessment
  • Administration of Central Examinations
  • Deferred Examinations
  • Student Academic Misconduct
  • Students with a Disability

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