Course Title: Participate in assessment validation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: TCHE5750C

Course Title: Participate in assessment validation

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4277 - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Course Contact: Paschal Somers

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4911

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Maria Dimitrakopoulos
TAE Administration Officer
School of Education
Workforce Development
Building 51 - Level 2
80 - 92 Victoria St 3053

Ph: 9925 4933

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to participate in an assessment validation process. This unit typically applies to those participating in assessment validation. It does not address leading the validation process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEASS403B Participate in assessment validation


1. Prepare for validation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss and confirm the approach to validation according to defined purposes, context, and relevant assessment system policies and procedures

1.2 Analyse relevant benchmarks for assessment and agree on the evidence needed to demonstrate competence

1.3 Arrange materials for validation activities


2. Contribute to validation process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Demonstrate active participation in validation sessions and activities using appropriate communication skills

2.2 Participate in validation sessions and activities by applying the principles of assessment and rules of evidence

2.3 Check all documents used in the validation process for accuracy and version control


3. Contribute to validation outcomes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Collectively discuss validation findings to support improvements in the quality of assessment

3.2 Discuss, agree and record recommendations to improve assessment practice

3.3 Implement changes to own assessment practice, arising from validation

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course will enable the learner to:
• actively participate in validation sessions or meetings which, in combination, address the critical aspects of validation using different validation approaches and activities
• clearly explain purposes of validation and the legal and ethical responsibilities of assessors
• collate documentation relating to validation process in a logical manner
• demonstrate communication and liaison with relevant people
• provide feedback and interpret documentation in validation sessions
• record contribution to validation findings.

Details of Learning Activities

All learning acitivities you will undertake within the Cert IV in Training and Assessment program are designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to perform training and assesmsent to the standard expected in the workplace. For each course in this program you will receive a result of ’competent’ or ’not yet competent’ as your final mark, no graded assessment is used.

You will participate in class learning activities such as: analysis of case studies and scenarios, role plays, developing assessment tools and instruments along with validating assessment tools, group discussions and working in pairs. Other activities will include: reading and discussing the perscribed text, online research, and the reading articles provided by your trainer.

At RMIT Work Integrated Learning (WIL) refers to opportunities for you to experience either real or simulated workplaces within your program. WIL activities in this program include:

• Simulations of training and assessment work environments
• Work based projects completed within your own workplace.

Many students who undertake this program are already employed in a training and assessment role. Some assessment activities are conducted in a workplace and you are encouraged to use your own workplaces for this. If you do not have a workplace please consult your trainer about alternative arrangements.

Teaching Schedule


Intensive Program Session no:

Semester Long Session no:






  • Clarifying my role in the assessment
  • Supporting the candidate throughout assessment
  • Project 1.4:  Assess Competence
  • Recording and reporting assessment
  • Reviewing assessment.
  • What is assessment validation and how do we validate?
  • Validate an assessment tool

TAEASS402B - Elm 1,2,3,4,5 and 6


TAEASS301B - Elm 3 and 4

TAEASS403B  - Elm 1,2 and 3



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for the TAE40110 qualification, but several texts are recommended as reading for the program.                  


Knowles, M. Holton, E. & Swanson, R. (2005). The Adult learner (6th Ed). Elsevier  Butterworth, Heinemann Publishers.
Brookfield, S. (1986). Understanding the Adult Learner. Jossey-Bass
Rogers, A. & Horrocks, N. (2010). Teaching Adults. Open University Press
Biggs, J. & Tang, C. (2003) Teaching for Quality Learning at University. Open University Press.
Hill, Hill and Perlitz. (2013) Vocational Training and Assessment. McGraw Hill Education

Other Resources

Electronic resources are located on Blackboard. Handouts pertaining to in class activities will be handed to you as required during class.

Overview of Assessment

The unit ’TAEASS403B Participate in assessment validation’ is holistically assessed with other units within the TAE40110 qualification.  A detailed list of units can be found in the ’In Class assessment task Project 1 and Workplace Project 2.

Assessment Tasks

An Online Quiz is available through Blackboard, this can be completed during the program.

Project 1 - an ’in class’ group project in which you design and develop a learning program for a simulated work environment, you will validate two (2) assessment tools produced by two (2) different groups

Comprehensive project briefing documents will be provided at the commencement of classes.

It is a requirement of the Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE40110) program, that all assessment projects are to be submitted electronically through the RMIT ‘C4277TAE’ Blackboard site. You are asked to submit each assessment project as a single ‘PDF’ file, to which you must include a signed RMIT Cover Sheet - multiple project files will not be accepted.
  *Please add your name and student no: into the footer of your project document.
  *Please note, that no ‘Hard Copy’ portfolios will be accepted.

RMIT Electronic Submission of work for assessment
  In submitting your assessment electronically, you declare that in submitting all work for each assessment you have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the assessment declaration. (URL: )

Assessment Matrix

TAEASS403B Assessment Matrix:

This unit is assessed in Project 1 (in class) and and an Online quiz

a detailed assessment matrix in located in Blackboard

Other Information

“In adherence with RMIT’s commitment to sustainability, trainers will seek to incorporate environmental concerns in the facilitation of this course. These include, but are not limited to:
• Conserving natural resources
• Using recycled materials wherever possible
• Minimising pollution
• Applying energy savings measures
• Reducing waste
Students are encouraged to identify and follow environmental and resource efficient ways of working whilst studying this course.”

Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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