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.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Examine the broader social, theoretical and political contexts in which assessment practices reside
  • Create a range of assessment plans using a variety of strategies for different discipline areas that adhere to the general principles of assessment and reporting
  • Compare a range of assessment strategies in terms of their purpose, benefits, limitations and implementation constraints
  • Apply assessment moderation that supports consistent and comparable judgements of student learning
  • Evaluate principles and strategies for accurate record keeping and reporting on student achievement
  • Interpret and use assessment data to provide effective feedback and plan targeted teaching activities that improves student outcomes

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
1.00 12 weeks 12
2.00 12 weeks 24
Specified Activities
7.25 8 weeks 58
Unspecified Activities
4.67 12 weeks 56

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssessmentGroup 60% 2,3,4,5,6 
EssayIndividual 40% 1,3,5 


  • Big data, e.g. NAPLAN, PISA 
  • Small data, anecdotal, running records, observations 
  • Contexts for assessment and reporting 
  • The uses of assessment data 
  • Assessment and reporting policy 
  • Principles of assessment for learning 
  • Providing feedback to enhance learning 
  • Record keeping strategies, including ICT, and practices and assessment 
  • Reporting achievement to different stakeholders (parents, carers, school, department, state) 
  • Strategies for assessing student learning including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning and peer and self-assessment 
  • The importance and functions of moderation 
  • Reasonable adjustments, assessment modification and differentiation methods to support students with a range of abilities and students with disabilities  

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.