CQUniversity Unit Profile
EDSE20015 Assessment in Secondary Schools Informed by Educational Neuroscience
Assessment in Secondary Schools Informed by Educational Neuroscience
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General Information

Overview

This unit enhances your capacity to make informed judgments and decisions about the quality of assessments, provide feedback and report student achievements. Additionally, this unit supports your development of professional skills to interpret student assessment data and use that to modify teaching practice to improve student learning. The unit also draws upon relevant literature, including educational neuroscience, theory, policy and good practice to enhance quality assessment and reporting knowledge and skills.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Project (applied)
Weighting: 40%
2. Project (applied)
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Students.

Feedback

Continue contemporary update of resources.

Recommendation

Continue contemporary update of resources.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Comprehend how to develop, select and use assessment strategies to assess student learning informed by neuroscience.
  2. Synthesise high-quality assessment principles, student feedback, reporting and moderation processes to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning informed by neuroscience.
  3. Elaborate on how to use student assessment data to identify student interventions and modify teaching practice.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.2 Understand how students learn

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

5.1 Assess student learning

5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning

5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements

5.4 Interpret student data

5.5 Report on student achievement

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Project (applied) - 40%
2 - Project (applied) - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Upgrade your teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience. ASCD. (2019)

Authors: Dr Jay McTighe & Dr Judy Willis
ASCD
ISBN: 978-1-4166-2734-0
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Ken Purnell Unit Coordinator
k.purnell@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Module 1 - Assess student learning

Chapter

Our Unit textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

Introduction & Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Module 1 - Assess student learning

Chapter

Our Unit textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Module 2 - Make consistent and comparable judgements

Chapter

Our Unit textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Module 2 - Make consistent and comparable judgements

Chapter

Our Unit textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3 - Feedback and reporting

Chapter

Our Unit textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

AT1 - High-Quality Assessment Due: Week 5 Wednesday (15 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Module 3 - Feedback and reporting

Chapter

Our Unit textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 27 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 03 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Module 4 - Interpret and use student data

Chapter

Our Unit textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

All chapters

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Module 4 - Interpret and use student data

Chapter

Our Unit textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

All chapters

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Revision of Modules 1 to 4

Chapter

Revision of Moodle resources for Modules 1 to 4 and our textbook by McTighe & Willis (2019), Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design meets Neuroscience.

Events and Submissions/Topic

AT2 – Using Assessment Data Due: Week 9 Wednesday (19 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 24 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

AT3 – The Social Brain Certificate Due: Week 10 Thursday (27 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 31 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
AT1 - High-Quality Assessment

Task Description

My Reflective Journal on modules 1 & 2 and 8-minute Video Project AITSL 5.1 & 5.3 (40 marks)

1. Create a Reflective Journal as a resource for your audience on High Quality Assessment on module 1 of our unit – Assess student learning (AITSIL 5.1), and module 2 - Consistent and comparable judgements (AITSL 5.3). Length is to be about 2,200 words using the APA (2020) style.

2. Create an 8-minute Video as a resource for your audience on an aspect of interest to you from your studies in module 1 or 2.
No less than 7-minutes and no more than 10-minutes. Optional: Transcript of your video.

3. Post the URL for your video in our ‘AT1 Videos’ forum on or before Wednesday Week 5.

4. Submit in Moodle a Word document as your response to AT1 on or before Wednesday of Week 5 in our Moodle website in the Assessment section ‘Submit AT1 December 15’.

Notes:

o Audience: Fellow prac. teachers and teachers at an Australian high school.

o You are to use the AT1 template provided in our unit’s Moodle website for your response

o View the video commentary by Professor Ken Purnell on an exemplar Video and Reflective Journal from another unitthat has a similar assessment task and uses the APA (2020) throughout: https://www.loom.com/share/5711b253570b4460a2b7aa69b860944f

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o You may care to create your video using Loom software that is free for teachers, or YouTubeIf wanted, Loom can generate a transcript as can free software such as Otter.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Wednesday (15 Dec 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Submit as one Word document.


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Thursday (6 Jan 2022)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Holistic Marking Guide for AT1/AT2 and AT3

In addition to a mark that corresponds to a CQU level of achievement on a five-point scale (High Distinction to Fail) your feedback is a tailored video specific to the qualities of your assessment response.

AT1/2 AT3
High Distinction CQU (2020) descriptor in italics 85 to 100% Demonstrates imagination, originality or flair, based on proficiency in all the learning outcomes of the unit; work is interesting or surprisingly exciting, challenging, well read or scholarly. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Distinction standard and typically shows deep and highly insightful understanding and very high-quality application. The content and use of the APA writing style is outstanding and almost flawless. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is clearly evidenced. 34-40

20


CQU micro-credential

Distinction 75 to 84% Demonstrates awareness and understanding of deeper and less obvious aspects of the unit, such as ability to identify and debate critical issues or problems, ability to solve nonroutine problems, ability to adapt and apply ideas to new situations, and ability to invent and evaluate new ideas. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Credit standard and typically shows significant insights and high-quality application. The content and use of the APA writing style is excellent and has very few flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is clearly evidenced. 30-33 -
Credit 65 to 74% Demonstrates ability to use and apply fundamental concepts and skills of the unit, going beyond mere replication of content knowledge or skill to show understanding of key ideas, awareness of their relevance, some use of analytical skills, and some originality or insight. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Pass and typically shows originality and insight. The content and use of the APA writing style is very good and has a few minor flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is evidenced. 26-29 -
Pass 50 to 64% Demonstrates the learning outcomes of the unit, such as knowledge of fundamental concepts and performance of basic skills; demonstrates sufficient quality of performance to be considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the learning outcomes of the unit. That is, the response to the assessment task is of an acceptable standard to Pass at the Bachelor level in content and communication (APA [2020] style) and provides evidence of addressing the assessment requirements and meeting the unit learning outcomes. The content and use of the APA writing style is reasonable and has several flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback may be evidenced. 20-25 -
Fail Requires further work to Pass and one resubmit may be offered if assessment responses overall are close to a Pass standard. If a resubmit is offered, then all feedback related to that must be evidenced as being used effectively. 0-19

0

No Digital Badge


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit in Moodle as one document in Word.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Comprehend how to develop, select and use assessment strategies to assess student learning informed by neuroscience.
  • Synthesise high-quality assessment principles, student feedback, reporting and moderation processes to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning informed by neuroscience.
  • Elaborate on how to use student assessment data to identify student interventions and modify teaching practice.

2 Project (applied)

Assessment Title
AT2 – Using Assessment Data

Task Description

My Reflective Journal on modules 3 & 4 and 8-minute Video Project AITSL 5.2, 5.4 & 5.5 (40 marks)

1. Create a Reflective Journal as a resource for your audience on Using Assessment Data on module 3 of our unit – Feedback and reporting (AITSL 5.2 & 5.5), and module 4 - Interpret and use student data (AITSL 5.4). Length is to be about 2,200 words using the APA (2020) style.

2. Create an 8-minute Video as a resource for your audience on an aspect of interest to you from your studies in module 3 or 4.
No less than 7-minutes and no more than 10-minutes. Optional: Transcript of your video.

3. Post the URL for your video in our ‘AT2 Videos’ forum on or before Wednesday Week 9.

4. Submit in Moodle a Word document as your response to AT2 on or before Wednesday of Week 9 in our Moodle website in the Assessment section ‘Submit AT2 January 19’.

Notes:

o Audience: Fellow prac. teachers and teachers at an Australian high school.

o You are to use the AT2 template provided in our unit’s Moodle website for your response

o View the video commentary by Professor Ken Purnell on an exemplar Video and Reflective Journal from another unitthat has a similar assessment task and uses the APA (2020) throughout: https://www.loom.com/share/5711b253570b4460a2b7aa69b860944f

o You may care to create your video using Loom software that is free for teachers, or YouTubeIf wanted, Loom can generate a transcript as can free software such as Otter.

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Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Wednesday (19 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST

Submit as one Word document.


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Wednesday (9 Feb 2022)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Holistic Marking Guide for AT1/AT2 and AT3

In addition to a mark that corresponds to a CQU level of achievement on a five-point scale (High Distinction to Fail) your feedback is a tailored video specific to the qualities of your assessment response.

AT1/2 AT3
High Distinction CQU (2020) descriptor in italics 85 to 100% Demonstrates imagination, originality or flair, based on proficiency in all the learning outcomes of the unit; work is interesting or surprisingly exciting, challenging, well read or scholarly. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Distinction standard and typically shows deep and highly insightful understanding and very high-quality application. The content and use of the APA writing style is outstanding and almost flawless. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is clearly evidenced. 34-40 20CQU micro-credential
Distinction 75 to 84% Demonstrates awareness and understanding of deeper and less obvious aspects of the unit, such as ability to identify and debate critical issues or problems, ability to solve nonroutine problems, ability to adapt and apply ideas to new situations, and ability to invent and evaluate new ideas. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Credit standard and typically shows significant insights and high-quality application. The content and use of the APA writing style is excellent and has very few flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is clearly evidenced. 30-33 -
Credit 65 to 74% Demonstrates ability to use and apply fundamental concepts and skills of the unit, going beyond mere replication of content knowledge or skill to show understanding of key ideas, awareness of their relevance, some use of analytical skills, and some originality or insight. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Pass and typically shows originality and insight. The content and use of the APA writing style is very good and has a few minor flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is evidenced. 26-29 -
Pass 50 to 64% Demonstrates the learning outcomes of the unit, such as knowledge of fundamental concepts and performance of basic skills; demonstrates sufficient quality of performance to be considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the learning outcomes of the unit. That is, the response to the assessment task is of an acceptable standard to Pass at the Bachelor level in content and communication (APA [2020] style) and provides evidence of addressing the assessment requirements and meeting the unit learning outcomes. The content and use of the APA writing style is reasonable and has several flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback may be evidenced. 20-25 -
Fail Requires further work to Pass and one resubmit may be offered if assessment responses overall are close to a Pass standard. If a resubmit is offered, then all feedback related to that must be evidenced as being used effectively. 0-19

0


No Digital Badge


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit in Moodle as one document in Word.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Comprehend how to develop, select and use assessment strategies to assess student learning informed by neuroscience.
  • Synthesise high-quality assessment principles, student feedback, reporting and moderation processes to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning informed by neuroscience.
  • Elaborate on how to use student assessment data to identify student interventions and modify teaching practice.

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
AT3 – The Social Brain Certificate

Task Description

Graphical user interface, text  Description automatically generatedThe Social Brain short course and quiz is available at

https://bedifferent.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=2469

The quiz has 20 items from a bank of items, and you are allowed multiple attempts to do the quiz. Once you achieve 16 or more out of 20 then you are eligible for the CQU Professional Development Certificate of 20-hours that is produced electronically for you in The Social Brain short course. Submit in Moodle a Word document or PDF your Digital Badge for AT3 on or before Thursday January 27 in the Assessment section ‘Submit AT3 January 27’.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Thursday (27 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Thursday (27 Jan 2022)

Immediate score our of 20 with online computer marking.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Holistic Marking Guide for AT1/AT2 and AT3

In addition to a mark that corresponds to a CQU level of achievement on a five-point scale (High Distinction to Fail) your feedback is a tailored video specific to the qualities of your assessment response.

AT1/2 AT3
High Distinction CQU (2020) descriptor in italics 85 to 100% Demonstrates imagination, originality or flair, based on proficiency in all the learning outcomes of the unit; work is interesting or surprisingly exciting, challenging, well read or scholarly. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Distinction standard and typically shows deep and highly insightful understanding and very high-quality application. The content and use of the APA writing style is outstanding and almost flawless. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is clearly evidenced. 34-40

20


CQU micro-credential

Distinction 75 to 84% Demonstrates awareness and understanding of deeper and less obvious aspects of the unit, such as ability to identify and debate critical issues or problems, ability to solve nonroutine problems, ability to adapt and apply ideas to new situations, and ability to invent and evaluate new ideas. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Credit standard and typically shows significant insights and high-quality application. The content and use of the APA writing style is excellent and has very few flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is clearly evidenced. 30-33 -
Credit 65 to 74% Demonstrates ability to use and apply fundamental concepts and skills of the unit, going beyond mere replication of content knowledge or skill to show understanding of key ideas, awareness of their relevance, some use of analytical skills, and some originality or insight. That is, the response to the assessment task is superior to a Pass and typically shows originality and insight. The content and use of the APA writing style is very good and has a few minor flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback is evidenced. 26-29 -
Pass 50 to 64% Demonstrates the learning outcomes of the unit, such as knowledge of fundamental concepts and performance of basic skills; demonstrates sufficient quality of performance to be considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the learning outcomes of the unit. That is, the response to the assessment task is of an acceptable standard to Pass at the Bachelor level in content and communication (APA [2020] style) and provides evidence of addressing the assessment requirements and meeting the unit learning outcomes. The content and use of the APA writing style is reasonable and has several flaws. In AT2, use of CQU marker feedback may be evidenced. 20-25 -
Fail Requires further work to Pass and one resubmit may be offered if assessment responses overall are close to a Pass standard. If a resubmit is offered, then all feedback related to that must be evidenced as being used effectively. 0-19

0


No Digital Badge


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as one Word document

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Comprehend how to develop, select and use assessment strategies to assess student learning informed by neuroscience.
  • Synthesise high-quality assessment principles, student feedback, reporting and moderation processes to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning informed by neuroscience.

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?