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Postgraduate Course: Assessing Students (EDUA11176)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe twin starting-points for this unit are on the one hand the myriad and competing purposes, goals and functions associated with the assessment of student progress and performance in higher education, and on the other the advent of mass higher education, where questions of quality, accountability, student-centredness and economy further complicate considerations of goals and functions. Participants will be invited to relate these challenges to consideration of which stakeholders university teachers are accountable to, and in what respects, as far as their assessment practices are concerned.
The tensions between contrasting assessment goals and functions and the available empirical evidence will be reviewed by means of three illustrative themes: the relative extent of alignment or congruence between different methods and strategies of assessment and intended learning outcomes; the growing evidence on the benefits of formative or learning-oriented assessment; and the impact of developments in assessment practices (largely but not wholly technology-driven), which can open up opportunities to strike new balances between competing goals but also prompt a reappraisal of traditional assumptions about student assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 14, Online Activities 1, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8, Other Study Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 74 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the unit, programme participants will be able to :
- review and critically appraise the principal goals and functions of student assessment in higher education
- identify and evaluate the empirical evidence on the competing tensions to which these may give rise
- critically examined the balances which can be struck between these tensions in designing and implementing assessment strategies
Assessment Information
Each participant will prepare an analytical critique of assessment strategies in a particular course unit or year of study, recommending changes which could enhance the quality of students' learning while safeguarding academic standards. Critiques (target length 2000-2,500 words) would draw on the relevant literature to anticipate likely drawbacks and potential objections to the proposals and discuss how these might be constructively addressed.
A pass in this course is contingent on course participants demonstrating a critical grasp of contemporary assessment processes and practices in higher education and how these are linked to student learning. The assignment should demonstrate awareness of diversity with regards to student learning and the practical constraints and affordances of particular assessment strategies within discipline-specific and research-intensive contexts. Course participants will be expected to show a reflective awareness of current conceptions of and orientations to assessment.
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Course organiserDr Janice Mcarthur
Tel: (0131 6)51 6674
Course secretaryMiss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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