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ED50303: Assessment

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit it is expected that students will:
* be able to describe and identify a range of purposes of assessment;
* be aware of the tensions and trade-offs that arise out of these multiple purposes;
* be familiar with a range of concepts and technical issues in assessment;
* have developed critical skills for evaluating current practices in assessment, including their own;
* be able to make an informed selection of techniques of assessment appropriate to different purposes;
* be familiar with and able to evaluate recent research in the field of assessment;
* be familiar with and able to evaluate forms of reporting assessment outcomes to different audiences for different purposes.

* To develop understanding of key concepts and terminology in the field of educational assessment;
* To broaden participants' awareness of the variety of assessment options available and their applicability to different purposes and contexts;
* To encourage critical reflection on assessment practice;
* To raise awareness of the roles of assessment in broader educational and social contexts;
* To familiarise participants with recent debates and research in this field.

Skills: Key Skills
1. Make critical use of the literature of the field of Education (T/F/A).
2. Make critical use of professional experience in the field of Education (T/F/A).
4. Analyse, interpret and critique findings and arguments (T/F/A).
9. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems (T/F).
10. Evaluate research and variety of types of information and evidence critically, also making informed judgements in the absence of complete data (T/F/A)
12. Contribute to professional debate in the field of education (F).
13. Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level (F).
14. Communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences (T/F).
15. Evaluate their own academic and professional performance (F).
16. Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands (F).
17. Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress (F).
18. Develop new or higher level skill, for example in information technology (F).

* The nature of educational assessment.
* Dimensions (or modes) of assessment.
* Purposes, roles and effects of assessment.
* The substantive focus of assessment.
* Quality issues in assessment.
* Assessment techniques.
* Norm- and criterion-referencing, and the assessment of competence.
* Formative and summative assessment.
* Internal and external assessment.
* Self- and peer-assessment.
* Marking, moderating and reporting outcomes.
Note: the emphasis in covering this content will be influenced by both contemporary research and concerns in the field and by the needs and experiences of the participants.

Programme availability:

ED50303 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education


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