This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design and to develop assessment tools used to guide the collection of quality evidence, including their application in formative, summative and recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment.

It applies to experienced practitioners responsible for the development and/or delivery of training and assessment products and services.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - developing at least three assessment tools that support different assessment methods, and address at least one unit of competency each. Each assessment tool must: - include the instruments for collecting evidence, reflecting the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and related instructions to the assessor/s and candidates; - show how the contextual needs of different environments are addressed, and; - reporting on the trial and review of each assessment tool, including proposed changes.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - the principles of assessment and how they are applied when developing assessment tools; - the rules of evidence and how they have been incorporated in the tools developed; - different assessment contexts and their relationship to developing assessment tools; - the dimensions of competency and how they are incorporated in the development of assessment tools; - the contextualisation of units of competency and contextualisation guidelines; - the components of training packages relevant to the development of assessment tools; - different assessment methods, their purposes and uses; - evaluation methods appropriate to the trial and review of assessment tools; - the principles of reasonable adjustment; - workplace health and safety (WHS) responsibilities associated with assessing competence, including: requirements for reporting hazards and incidents; emergency procedures; procedures for the use of relevant personal protective equipment, and; sources of WHS information.

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