Course Title: Design and develop assessment tools

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: TCHE5775C

Course Title: Design and develop assessment tools

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5321 - Diploma of Training Design and Development

Course Contact : Jo Bradford, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254347

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Peter Murphy
ph 99254343

Nominal Hours: 30

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 design and develop assessment tools, including tools used in formative, summative and recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools


1. Determine focus of the assessment tool

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify target group of candidates, purposes of assessment tool, and contexts in which the tool will be used

1.2 Access relevant benchmarks for assessment and interpret them to establish evidence required to demonstrate competence

1.3 Identify, access and interpret organisational, legal and ethical requirements and relevant contextualisation guidelines

1.4 Identify other related documentation to inform assessment tool development


2. Design assessment tool

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select assessment methods that support the collection of defined evidence, taking into account the context in which the assessment will take place and meeting the principles of assessment

2.2 Enable candidates to show or support their claim for recognition of current competency through selected assessment methods

2.3 Consider different assessment instruments for the selected assessment methods to generate options for collection of evidence

2.4 Consider how the assessment instruments will be administered


3. Develop assessment tool

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop specific assessment instruments that address the evidence to be collected

3.2 Define and document clear and specific procedures instructing assessor and candidate on the administration and use of the instruments

3.3 Consider requirements of assessment system policies and procedures and address storage and retrieval needs, and review, evaluation and version control procedures as part of this process


4. Review and trial assessment tool

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check draft assessment tools against evaluation criteria and amend as required

4.2 Trial assessment tools to validate content and applicability

4.3 Collect and document feedback from relevant people involved in trialling

4.4 Make amendments to final tool based on analysis of feedback

4.5 Appropriately format and file finalised assessment tool according to assessment system policies and procedures and organisational, legal and ethical requirements

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
. determine the focus of an assessment tool
. design assessment tools
. develop assessment tools
. review and trial assessment tools

Details of Learning Activities

As part of your program you will be directed to undertake a number of activities. It is important that you complete all such activities in a timely manner as they are an important component of your program. Such activities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • watch and engage with online lectures using communication technologies such as Skype, Collaborate, etc
  • engage in group discussion and activities using a variety of online tools such as discussion boards, wikis, blogs, etc.
  • watch and engage with guest lecturers using a variety of communication technologies
  • reflect upon course presentations and materials using blogs and/or wikis
  • give class presentations using communication technologies
  • undertake research both online and other as required
  • analyse and/or critique suggested reading and other material as directed (eg comment on other students’ posts on a discussion board)
  • do class exercises using online quizzes
  • undertake project-based work in an online environment

Teaching Schedule

February, April, July and September intakes

Sem 2, Weeks 6-8 & 11-12

Week 6: Determine focus of the assessment tool

Week 7: Design assessment tool

Week 8: Develop assessment tool

Week 11: Develop assessment tool

Week 12: Review and trial assessment tool

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Hill, D., Hill, T. and Perlitz, L. (2013) Professional Training and Assessment, McGraw-Hill Education, Sydney.
This is available in both paperback and e-book versions.


Other Resources

At the beginning of the course students will be directed to various web-based material and/or
electronic copies of learning resources.

Electronic resources are located on myRMIT Studies. Handouts pertaining to in-class activities
will be handed out during class.

Overview of Assessment

During the program you will complete assessment tasks which are listed at the beginning of each module. Such tasks might include but not be limited to:
- Direct observation of actual and simulated work practice
- Oral or written questioning
- Tests
- Assignments and projects
- Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents and/or photographs and/or video and audio files
- Review of products produced through work-based or course activities
- Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer

An RMIT assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc)

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces
of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

You will develop an assessment tool that supports different assessment methods and addresses at
least three units of competency packaged at different Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
levels. The tool must include the instruments for collecting evidence, reflect the principles of
assessment and the rules of evidence, and have the related instructions to assessor/s and candidates.
You also need to show how the contextual needs of different environments are addressed by the tool.
You will trial the tool and then report on the trial and review the tool, including possible proposed
changes to improve it.

Submission deadline: midnight of the second Sunday after the last week of the teaching schedule (eg if the last week of the teaching schedule starts Mon February 10, 2014 then the second Sunday after this last week is 23 February).


Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates how the assessment task(s) aligns with the relevant unit
of competency and will be made available in the first class or through myRMIT Studies.

Other Information

The major learning experiences involve you being an active participant in the e-learning environment. It is strongly advised that you engage with online activities such as blogs, wikis, discussion boards, online quizzes etc in order to maximise your chances of achieving competency. In addition, you are expected to attend any face-to-face workshops that are organised.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special Consideration Policy (Late Submission)
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, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y



Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.;ID=tkn8wtd23h84z

Course Overview: Access Course Overview