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ETP401 - Assessment: Ways of Knowing Learners

Unit details


2015 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1:  Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:J Lang
Campus contact:

J Lang (Burwood (Melbourne))

E El Hachem (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

V Stevens (Warrnambool)


Students must have passed four units in ETP101, ETP102, ETP201, ETP301, ETP302, ETS301, ETS302


Students must be enrolled in course E359

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week and 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week when not on practicum.

Practicum: Students will be required to complete a 10 and 15 day teaching practicum.


Students must pass all components of this unit in order to progress to the next ETP unit in the professional education sequence.


This unit will focus on the functions and roles of assessment in the process of learning and how it may be used to positively support learning. The unit will examine the complexity of assessment from multiple contexts such as international and national testing as well as the practices within the classroom. Preservice teachers will review, refine and develop their knowledge and skills associated with being an assessment literate teacher, which will include, for example:

  • critically reflect on the purposes and roles of diverse assessment strategies and their impacts on student learning processes as well as their influence on curriculum and pedagogical practices
  • understand how to record and represent students’ assessment data
  • analyse external testing data and interpret diverse assessment data and how it informs learning and teaching
  • provide feedback on student learning and reflect how feedback informs student learning
  • examine how to engage in classroom assessment practices in order to make consistent and comparable judgements of students’ assessment tasks
  • understand the role of reporting student achievement within diverse contexts and how to engage parents/carers with their child’s learning
  • understand how to design assessment strategies within curriculum to support and improve student learning.


This unit includes a total of 25 compulsory days professional experience. During these days the preservice teacher will:

  • undertake an orientation to the school environment.
  • plan, incorporate and evaluate assessment principles in their pedagogical and curriculum practices.
  • teach whole class for at least two lessons a day leading to teaching at least 3 whole days
  • attend meetings including a School Council meeting, be involved in yard duty, school activities and any opportunities for engagement with the broader school community.
  • attend and participate in parent/teacher (/student) interviews.
  • keep a journal (electronic and/or hardcopy) in which evidence of their planning, observations, collected documents, participation in school activities and reflections are kept. Preservice teachers will be expected to share their journal with their supervising teachers (Mentors) and appropriate University teaching staff.


AT1 Diversity in Assessment: Analysing Functions & Roles 40% or equivalent to 1600 words

AT2: Designing Assessment for Learning 60%, equivalent to 2400 words


Hurdle requirement:   Assessing the Professional Experience

For students enrolled in School of Education courses, the professional experience component is assessed primarily by the class-based teacher who advises the Unit Chair. Satisfactory completion of the Professional Experience component is compulsory in order for the student to progress.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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