Course Title: Curriculum and Assessment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Curriculum and Assessment

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: A/P Geoff Shacklock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7850

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 220.3.14 (Bundoora)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on issues related to understanding how curriculum, assessment and learning are connected. This course will provide an introduction to knowledge and debates about curriculum, assessment and reporting practices and policies in schools and education systems. It will focus on curriculum, assessment and reporting for Victorian schools as well as addressing alternate approaches in Australia and internationally. Students will learn about important theories and professional debates in curriculum and assessment that will influence their teaching careers now and into the future. Through work integrated learning students will gain understandings of the complexities and practicalities of constructing and implementing curriculum, creating and applying appropriate assessment and providing clear reporting to relevant audiences.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Understand the relationship between curriculum and assessment.
• Critically examine theories and models of curriculum planning and assessment practices.
• Develop integrated curriculum, assessment and reporting strategies.
• Implement knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting in teaching practices.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Plan curriculum activities with integrated, appropriate assessment techniques.
• Demonstrate knowledge of debates in curriculum and assessment related to current teaching practices.
• Explain their understandings of major theories of curriculum and assessment.
• Initiate and implement constructive, well considered change to curriculum and assessment activities in their teaching practices.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understanding of the role of ICT in society and the implications for society.
• Understanding of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of digital assessment and reporting tools for effective learning.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
• Teachers are active members of their profession.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including researching curriculum and assessment theories relevant to the 21st century, synthesising curriculum and assessment strategies into classroom practice, debating key issues in National Curriculum and National Assessment and Reporting and discussing different types of assessment and reporting and their purposes.

Overview of Learning Resources

see part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, individual and group tasks involving research, analysis and practical work).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.