Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the research and development literature on Authentic and Productive forms of assessment. In particular, the course will outline major forms of assessment that have been identified in recent research as assisting the promotion of more intellectually challenging and relevant student learning. As part of this course, students will be introduced to recent developments in performance-based assessment and an analysis of the relationship between productive assessment and current state-based assessment procedures. In addition, the course will engage students in direct experiences of analysing their own and others' assessment practices and student work.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

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  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. To introduce students to Productive Pedagogy and Authentic Pedagogy models of assessment practice

2. To help students develop of deep understanding of the pertinent research literature

3. To assist students in the analysis of current assessment practice in educational settings

4. To enable students to design improved assessment practices.


A detailed analysis of Authentic and Productive assessment models and their relationship to improved student learning outcomes

A focus on the role of Intellectual Quality and Relevance in improving student learning

An introduction to and application of the development of performance-based assessments that promote intellectual quality and relevance

An analysis of the implications of assessment procedures for pedagogical practice

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments - Examining current assessment practice

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments - Designing productive classroom assessments

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term