Curriculum Development, Assessment and Feedback

FacultyWestminster Business School

This module examines the role that assessment plays in the overall learning process. It considers the role of summative assessment and feedback as key elements in the process of curriculum development along with issues of marking, moderation and reliability, and also explores the role of assessment as a key formative and evaluative tool in the teaching and learning process.

Topics such as group work assessment are addressed directly through the design of the module assessment itself. The aim of the module is to model three different approaches to assessment: assessment as learning, assessment of learning and assessment for learning.

Courses open for booking
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
9 February 2018 1 semester flexible £975 Apply via UKPASS

Course content

The indicative syllabus covers:

  • using models of curriculum development to plan and design and evaluate a programme of study
  • setting the quality assurance context for assessment in higher education
  • developing the purposes of assessment – for, as and of learning
  • examining assessment principles and practices and designing assessment
  • issues in assessing and moderating students’ work
  • providing effective summative feedback and promoting learning through formative feedback
  • using technology to support effective assessment and feedback practice
  • equality and inclusivity in assessment
  • avoiding plagiarism and misconduct
  • assessing groups
  • developing assessment literacy

Teaching and learning methods

The module provides you with the opportunity to explore online technologies in assessment and feedback such as audio feedback, video feedback, plagiarism detection software, quizzes and summative marking software. Online activities will include for example self-review exercises, asynchronous and synchronous webinar discussions, social bookmarking tools and wikis to support independent learning and to prepare for assessment. You will be able to develop collaborative resources to reflect shared interests and be able to use this experience as a vehicle for reflective practice.

The module content is divided into learning units, which provide evidence-informed resources and practice-based websites around key themes in the module. We will work through the units applying ideas and principles to practice along the way. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues to develop new and exciting resources to support student success in assessment through the application of technology.


The module has two main summative assessments: one is undertaken as a group and the second is an individual assessment.

After completing this module, you will be better able to:

  • review, plan and design a programme of study designed to facilitate learning through assessment and feedback opportunities
  • develop effective ways of assessing and giving feedback to learners using appropriate learning technologies
  • demonstrate use of evidence-informed approaches and the outcomes of research, scholarship and reflection for professional development in assessment and feedback practice

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent), demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area, and be teaching at least 72 hours per year at UK higher education level 4 or above, including in further education, private college settings and internationally (international qualification levels taught will be checked against UK equivalents).

Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

Guidance for internal applicants

If you are a University of Westminster employee or PhD student, we require less information from you as we already hold some of it in the HR systems. We have produced a document to take you through the UKPASS process and let you know what you need to fill in. Please download and refer to our UKPASS application guide (PDF).

Internal applicants (including PhD students) also need line manager approval to gain exemption from course fees. Please complete the fee exemption form (DOC) and upload it when applying through UKPASS.