Course Title: Provide advanced assessment practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: TCHE5912C

Course Title: Provide advanced assessment practice

Important Information:

In order to successfully undertake assessment of this unit you need access to a workplace.

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5354 - Diploma of Training Design and Development

Course Contact: Program Adminsitrative Officer

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254933

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paschal Somers

ph (03) 99254911

Nominal Hours: 50

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 skills and knowledge required to lead assessment processes as a part of a continuous improvement strategy among a group of assessors within a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

It applies to experienced assessors who provide leadership, or guidance to others, who conduct assessments for an RTO.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEASS501 Provide advanced assessment practice


1. Develop and extend assessment expertise

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access, read and analyse current research on assessment and incorporate into own practice

1.2 Source and access opportunities to extend assessment experience and expertise and incorporate this new knowledge and skill into own assessment practice


2. Practise assessment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Investigate and implement a range of assessment methods, in order to meet the requirements of related unit or units of competency

2.2 Investigate and implement a range of assessment tools to meet the context requirements of different candidates


3. Lead and influence other assessors

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Influence fellow assessors through modelling high standards of ethical and compliance practices

3.2 Establish professional development needs of the assessor group, and implement approaches to build the skills and experience of this group


4. Evaluate and improve assessment approaches

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Systematically monitor the assessment processes and activities of the assessor group

4.2 Propose and implement improvements to assessment approaches

4.3 Participate in and reflect upon the assessment moderation process

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
. develop and extend assessment expertise
. practice assessment
. lead and influence other assessors
. evaluate and improve assessment approaches

Details of Learning Activities

This course is online. Activities may include: : 

• blog/wiki discussion and participation

• participation in online discussion boards/threads and Collaborate sessions or other webinar-type activities

• keeping an online reflective journal

• analysis/critique of relevant reading material

• individual or group projects conducted through electronic media

• peer teaching and workshop presentations

• online research

Teaching Schedule

For students who commenced July 2017

This course is taught over 3 sessions in semester 2 as follows:

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on student needs.

Session 1 

Topic 1

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is an integral part of the Australian Education system and is designed to deliver workplace specific skills and knowledge based competencies.  As a team leader, you have responsibility to stay up to date with issues, develop and extend your own skills and knowledge, and provide mentoring support to your team in their professional development.

In this topic, you will learn how to develop your own expertise by identifying current trends in assessment practice.  We will cover:

  • Issues of interest to the VET Assessment Professional
  • Maintaining currency
  • Researching and contributing to the VET sector


Topic 2

In this session we look at the foundations of assessment and how they inform the role of the assessor.  Work through each learning outcome to assist with your understanding around the assessment process, the role and rules surrounding assessment, your role as an assessor and student rights within the assessment process.  During this topic you will learn how to identify considerations in determining high standards of assessment.  We will cover:

  • What is assessment
  • Principles of assessment and rules of evidence
  • Effective assessment methods
  • The assessor's role
  • Appeals and grievances


Session 2

Topic 3

During this topic you will learn how to identify and apply systemic and organisational policies and procedures relating to assessment.  We will cover:

  • Assessment systems
  • Assessment processes
  • Legal and ethical responsibilites


Topic 4

During this topic you will learn how to design high quality assessments by identifying the most effective assessment strategy, plans and tools for a range of purposes.  We will cover:

  • Assessment plans and their components
  • Assessment methods, purposes, and applications
  • Assessment design and development


Session 3

Topic 5

We have all been involved in meetings, whether as the person who has convened the meeting, or as a participant.  Effective meetings leave you energised and feeling that you've really accomplished something, that there was a purpose to the meeting.  In this topic you will learn how to lead and mentor colleagues in best assessment practice through effective meetings.  We will cover:

  • Effective meetings
  • Meeting purpose and protocals
  • Documenting discussions
  • Mentoring and influencing others


Topic 6

The continuous improvement process is an integral part of ensuring quality within an organisation.  Those practitioners who work in supervision roles are required to drive the continuous improvement process and lead their teams to a higher standard of assessment practice.  During this topic you will learn how to monitor assessment leading to improvements in practice.  We will cover:

  • Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement
  • Monitoring Assessment Practice
  • Validation and Moderation activity
  • Implementing Improvements


Session 4

Topic 7

Evaluation is a broad concept and a process that all VET practitioners are familiar with as it applies to their teaching and assessment practice.  It is used to measure all areas of activity in the VET sector and often is undertaken by students and other stakeholders to provide feedback on performance.  It is important however, to also take the time to evaluate your own performance, to reflect on what you have learnt, and to see how you can imprive what you do in the future,  This will help to deliver a better learning experience for your students.  During this topic you will learn how to evaluate and reflect on your own performance, implement improvements and to provide leadership to others in their reflective practice.  We will cover:

  • Self-Evaluation and Reflection
  • Group Evaulation
  • Skills and Knowledge Development


Topic 8

 The world of work is changing, and industry is demanding that, student graduate ready to work in new and dynamic ways.  Blended learning experiences can assist students to develop a range of high level core skills for work and foundation LLN skillsm but we cannot just throw our current assessments online, we need to utilise the tools used in industry, develop digital literacy skills in our students and protect our students through the process.

In this topic, we will explore the implications of the blended learning environment on assessment.  You are not only required as a team leader to ensure assessments are online friendly, but that your assessors are capable of assessing their students.

During this topic you will learn how to evaluate your own performance as an assessor and the performance of your colleagues.  We will cover:

  • Contractual requirements for online delivery
  • Digital literacy and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • Blended learning tools
  • Online assessment validation



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


"Professional Training and Assessment" by D.Hill, T.Hill & L.Perlitz, McGrawHill Education, 2013


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>myStudies .

Overview of Assessment

During the program you will complete assessment tasks which are listed, in detail, at the beginning of the course. These tasks may include :

  • Workplace based projects
  • Online assessment (eg discussion forum, blog, wiki, quiz)
  • Professional conversation
  • Third-party reports

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 will need to complete all of the following tasks to a satisfactory standard.

You will receive written feedback on all assessment tasks.

Task 1: Research and implement advanced assessment practice

In this task you are asked to review your assessment tools and processes in your practice area, research advanced assessment practice and implement through the assessment against 50 units of competency.  You will be required to undertake or show evidence of assessment of at least 20 individual students against at least 1 unit of competency.

Task 2: Lead teams in assessment practice

You will be required to lead 3 other assessors who assess in a competency you are familiar with.  You will be working with this team throughout the duration of this assessment task and demonstrate how that leadership has led to improve processes and outcomes.  To demonstrate this you are required to unpack and review assessments for 3 units of competency, research assessment practice and improve upon assessment tools and processes.  Support your assessor team through evaluating the assessment processes, and reflect on your team's practice

Task 3

In this assessment you are to answer a series of 16 short answer questions including a series of scenarios


It is a requirement of the Dip Training Design and Development (TAE50216) program that all assessment work be submitted electronically in Canvas. You are asked to submit any workplace projects as a single Word or PDF file which must include a signed RMIT Cover Sheet; multiple project files will not be accepted.


Submission deadlines

2017 July intake

Task 1: submission of work needs to be done in Canvas by midnight Friday March 30

Task 2: submission of work needs to be done in Canvas by midnight Friday April 27

Task 3: submission of work needs to be done in Canvas by midnight Friday May 18


Grades used in this unit are as follows:

SA Satisfactory 

NYS Not Yet Satisfactory

CA Competency Achieved

NYC Not Yet Competent

DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Matrix


An assessment matrix will be available in week 1 of semester 2 via myRMIT>my Studies.

Other Information



Your course involves participating in all online activities as directed by your facilitator. It is strongly advised that you do participate in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.


Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student program policy

You will be asked to participate in discussions with relevant teachers and your Program Co-ordinator. Such discussions may be conducted in a number of ways eg face-to-face, via telephone, using Skype or Google Hangout, etc. They are an important way of giving you feedback and supporting you by monitoring your academic progress.

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.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


RMIT appeals process is available on the Appeals webpage

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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