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Assessment and Data

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU80013

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 12 hours of study per week

About this unit

In this unit students will consider the principles and theory of effective assessment for student learning and examine contexts in which assessments take place. They will examine a range of assessment practices and strategies and how they relate to teaching and learning in a variety of contexts and the use of data to inform planning. Students will examine key issues confronting education and education policy makers, exploring a range of influences on contemporary education policy such as the role of data, and the place of National and global organisations in the policy making process. Students will also explore feedback principles, recording and reporting practices.


  • Big data, e.g. NAPLAN, PISA
  • Policy
  • Stakeholders
  • Contexts for assessment and reporting
  • Principles of assessment for learning
  • The importance and functions of moderation
  • Providing feedback to enhance learning
  • Strategies for assessing student learning including peer and self-assessment
  • Recording and assessment
  • Reporting achievement
  • Data and planning.

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