Module Identifier ED33120  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Malcolm Thomas  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mrs Rosemary O Cann, Mrs Ffion M Hoare, Miss Sioned Williams  
Course delivery Lecture    
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSESSMENT - 3000 WORDS  60%
Semester Assessment ORAL AND PEER ASSESSMENT  10%
Supplementary Assessment All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the technical concepts and procedures involved in the design of assessments in educational contexts;
2. Critically review and discuss the main issues to be considered in designing appropriate assessment arrangements;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how assessment practices interact with student learning;
4. Design and produce an interactive `assessment for learning' game;
5. Critically present an oral defence for their interactive `assessment for learning game'.

Brief description

The module attempts to assess what a student is learning and in doing so raises questions of `why and `for whose benefit? as well as `what is to be assessed?
This module is concerned with the role of assessment in an educational context, ranging from the informal classroom assessment of learning to assessment systems at a national scale.
Examples of assessment practices from all phases of education, from primary schools to higher education, are analysed with a view to understanding both the potential and limitations of assessment in an educational context. Particular emphasis will be placed on assessment for learning principles and practices.
As such, students will be guided to develop interactive games aimed at first year undergraduate students with the view to encourage student self-reflection and evaluation.


Lecture 1: The assessment process: experience and questions.
What makes a `good assessment? Some key concepts

Lecture 2:Designing a scheme of assessment: specification, scope and purposes.

Lecture 3: Assessment for learning: principles and examples.

Lecture 4: Assessment systems: National Curriculum.

Lecture 5: Assessment systems: 14-19 pathway GCSE, A level, GNVQ, Welsh Baccalaureate, and key and wider skills.

Lecture 6:Assessment systems: Higher Education.

Lecture 7: Key issues in assessment: formative assessment; standardising teachers assessment; national standards

Lecture 8: Student self-reflection and evaluation. Introduction to peer assessment.

Lecture 9: Peer assessment of students oral presentation of interactive game.

Lecture 10: Peer assessment of students oral presentation of interactive game.

Reading Lists

** General Text
(1999 (2001 prin) A handbook for teaching & learning in higher education :enhancing academic practice /[editors] Heather Fry, Steve Ketteridge, Stephanie Marshall. Kogan Page 0749429488
(2003.) A handbook for teaching & learning in higher education :enhancing academic practice /edited by Heather Fry, Steve Ketteridge and Stephanie Marshall. Kogan Page 0749438770
(1995.) Assessing competence in higher education /edited by Anne Edwards and Peter Knight. Kogan Page 0749414588
(2007.) Assessing student achievement in general education :assessment update collections /edited by Trudy W. Banta. John Wiley [distributor] 0787995738PBK
(1999.) Assessment for learning :beyond the black box /Assessment Reform Group. University of Cambridge, School of Education 0856030422
(1999 (2003 prin) Assessment matters in higher education :choosing and using diverse approaches /edited by Sally Brown and Angela Glasner. Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press 0335202438
(1994.) Enhancing quality in assessment /edited by Wynne Harlen. Paul Chapman Publishing 1853962600
(1999.) Learners, learning and assessment /edited by Patricia Murphy. P. Chapman Pub. in association with the Open University 1853964255
(2000.) Learning about learning :resources for supporting effective learning /Chris Watkins ... [et al.]. Routledge/Falmer 0415223490
(c2006.) Online assessment, measurement, and evaluation :emerging practices /David D. Williams, Mary Hricko, and Scott L. Howell, editors. Information Science Pub. 1591407494EBOOK
Black, P. J. (1998.) Testing, friend or foe? :the theory and practice of assessment and testing /Paul J. Black. Falmer Press 0750707291
Broadfoot, Patricia. (2007.) An introduction to assessment /Patricia Broadfoot. Continuum International Pub. Group 0826496954HARDCOVER
Broadfoot, Patricia. (1996.) Education, assessment, and society :a sociological analysis /Patricia M. Broadfoot. Open University Press 0335196012
Brown, Sally. (1994.) Assessing learners in higher education /Sally Brown and Peter Knight. Kogan Page 0749411139
Clarke, Shirley (1998.) Targeting assessment in the primary classroom :strategies for planning, assessment, pupil feedback and target setting /Shirley Clarke. Hodder & Stoughton Educational 0340725311
Clarke, Shirley (2001.) Unlocking formative assessment :practical strategies for enhancing pupils' learning in the primary school /Shirley Clarke. Hodder & Stoughton 0340801263
Dann, Ruth (March 2002) Promoting Assessment As Learning:Improving the Learning Process RoutledgeFalmer 0415240077UKBFORMATPAPERBACK
Harlen, Wynne. (2007.) Assessment of learning /Wynne Harlen. SAGE Publications 1412935180HB
James, Mary. (1998.) Using assessment for school improvement /by Mary James. Heinemann Educational 0435800469
Race, Philip. (1999.) Enhancing student learning /Phil Race. SEDA 1902435095
Torrance, Harry. (1998.) Investigating formative assessment :teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom /Harry Torrance and John Pryor. Open University Press 0335197345
Weatherley, Colin. (2000.) Leading the learning school :raising standards of achievement by improving the quality of learning and teaching /Colin Weatherley. Network Educational Press Ltd. 1855390701
Wolf, Alison. (1995.) Competence-based assessment /Alison Wolf. Open University Press 0335190235
Wood, Robert (1993.) Assessment and testing :a survey of research commissioned by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate /Robert Wood. Cambridge University Press 0521403693
Brown, George (1997.) Assessing student learning in higher education /George Brown, with Joanna Bull and Malcolm Pendlebury. Routledge 0415162262
Brown, Sally. (1994.) Strategies for diversifying assessment in higher education /Sally Brown, Chris Rust and Graham Gibbs. Oxford Centre for Staff Development 1873576234
Daugherty, Richard (1995.) National Curriculum assessment :a review of policy 1987-1994 /Richard Daugherty. Falmer Press 0750702540
Ginnis, Paul. (2002.) The teacher's toolkit :raise classroom achievement with strategies for every learner /Paul Ginnis ; illustrations by Les Evans. Crown House Pub. 1899836764
Gipps, C. V. (1997.) Assessment :a teacher's guide to the issues /Caroline Gibb and Gordon Stobart. Hodder & Stoughton Educational 034070523X
Gipps, C. V. (1994.) Beyond testing :towards a theory of educational assessment /Caroline V. Gipps. Falmer Press 0750703296
Hall, Kathy (2004.) Making formative assessment work :effective practice in the primary classroom /Kathy Hall and Winifred M. Burke. Open University Press 0335213804
Maier, Pat (Aug. 2000) Integrating Technology in Learning and Teaching:A Practical Guide for Educators RoutledgeFalmer 0749431806UKBFORMATPAPERBACK
(c1996.) Assessment :problems, developments, and statistical issues : a volume of expert contributions /edited by Harvey Goldstein, Toby Lewis. J. Wiley & Sons 0471956686
(2000.) Assessment :social practice and social product /edited by Ann Filer. RoutledgeFalmer 0415227828
(1995.) Assessment for learning in higher education /edited by Peter Knight. Kogan Page 0749415320


This module is at CQFW Level 6