Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Curriculum And Assessment DUMF3006

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course gives students an understanding of the philosophical and ideological bases of curriculum design and development in Scotland. This will give them an understanding of how the Scottish primary school curriculum works, and how to implement and evaluate it. Students will learn how to assess pupils in schools with an emphasis on formative assessment.


One x 2-hour lecture weekly, plus problem-based learning seminars.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Year 3 of the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification.

Excluded Courses



Essay (40%)

Curriculum Planning Task (60%)

Course Aims

To sensitise students to important issues relating to the bases of the curriculum and how it is developed; to give them a thorough grounding in the Scottish primary curriculum; to understand the principles and practice of assessment, with special emphasis on the links between assessment and learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

ILO 1:
Explain the philosophical and ideological basis of key curriculum and assessment design developments relevant to the primary sector in Scotland.


ILO 2: Evaluate the relationship between curriculum developments in Scotland and the pedagogical, assessment and managerial practices of the primary classroom.


ILO 3: Apply an understanding of curriculum expectations and effective approaches to assessment to design learning experiences that achieve positive and equitable outcomes for learners in the primary school context.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.