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EXE723 - Curriculum and Assessment Design


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online), CBD*

Trimester 2: Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Scott Webster
Trimester 2: Scott Webster


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Trimester 1: Burwood 1 x 3-hour class**

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


**Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne) re-offered 2021 subject to School approval


This unit acknowledges that curriculum policy and hence curriculum design and implementation is not isolated from debates and influences of society’s expectations, visions, hopes and politics. Therefore, curriculum and assessment policy and design is situated within societal contexts, often managing conflicting tensions.

The unit focuses on examining broad theoretical ideologies or paradigms that shape the landscape of curriculum policy during contemporary history of education. The exploration of these theoretical perspectives examine the roles that society, educational researchers and philosophers, education systems and institutions, and the broader teaching community play in the interpretation and implementation of curriculum and assessment policy.

In particular, the unit will investigate the creative work of the teacher in curriculum and assessment design and planning. Furthermore, the unit will explore and challenge the theoretical perspectives and your teacher beliefs that inform your curriculum and assessment design.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Become more critically insightful through examining some broad theoretical perspectives that influence curriculum policy and practice that shape contemporary education curriculum design

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Become more appreciative of various theoretical viewpoints, enhancing their understandings for how these underpin and influence curriculum and assessment design

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Theoretical exposition 2000 words 40% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Curriculum or assessment design, analysis and critical reflection task 3000 words equivalent 60% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: EXE723 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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