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Learning and Assessment Processes (EDN545)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit focuses on learning and assessment processes in education. It addresses major theories of learning, aspects of affective and social development and implications for educational practice. The unit also addresses principles and processes of assessment and evaluation as integral to the teaching-learning process. An overarching emphasis is the connection between theory, research and classroom practice, within the learning, teaching and assessment cycle. This unit provides foundations for understanding the psychological and practical aspects of effective learning environments.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. Understand and explain the key theories associated with learning processes;
2. Appreciate diverse characteristics of learners and understand strategies to meet the needs of learner diversity in the classroom;
3. Demonstrate understanding about the role of assessment in teaching and learning processes, with particular focus on assessment for learning;
4. Understand and use relevant documentation related to classroom assessment;
5. Design and use a variety of assessment approaches and methods;
6. Apply understandings about assessment to classroom scenarios;
7. Evaluate a range of assessment strategies and processes;
8. Describe how understandings about assessment from this unit form part of your own philosophy of teaching and learning in classrooms;
9. Understand that specific views of learning are necessarily associated with specific views of assessments;
10. Evaluate views of assessment and learning to develop an understanding of one's own emerging philosophy of teaching and how this can be applied in the classroom.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences In this unit students will participate in a range of learning experiences. The key learning experiences include reading, completion of online activities (such as reflection tasks, online quizzes and viewing classroom practice), and engaging with a lecture and workshop or online discussion, depending on enrolment mode. Students are expected to complete the topic readings, attend the lecture (internal students) or listen to lectures via Echo (external students), participate in workshop activities (internal students) or discussion board (external students) and work towards assessments.
Assessment In this unit students will complete two written assignments and one exam. The written assignments are designed to enable students to demonstrate their understanding of unit content and apply this to classroom practice. The exam is designed to encourage students to reflect on their learning throughout the unit and their intended future classroom practice. Except for the final exam, the assessments serve both formative (feedback for improvement) and summative (contribution toward the final unit grade) purposes. For Assignments 1 and 2, therefore, students will receive written feedback on their assignments from their tutors.
Essay 30% Individual
Project 40% Individual
Exam 30% Individual
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) or Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary); successful completion of or enrolment in EDN550 Transition to Teaching OR BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work or EDU101/EDU1011 Introduction to Teaching.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDU241 Processes of Learning OR EDU244 Processes of Assessment or EDN245/EDU242 Learning and Assessment: Theory and Practice OR EDN221 Learning and Teaching OR EDN222 Learning, Teaching and Assessment may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: EDN245
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Andrew McConney
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6995
e: A.Mcconney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.011 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Associate Professor Andrew McConney
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6995
e: A.Mcconney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.011 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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