This learner-focussed unit provides a framework for studying and evaluating course design. Assessment strategies are introduced as an integral component of both course design and evaluation of student learning. Participants explore a variety of curriculum models and their relevance to specific cohorts and learning outcomes. Instructional approaches may include blended, project and problem models, as well as emerging trends in active and experiential learning. Through the unit's assessment tasks, participants examine their own curriculum and assessment practices and propose evidence-based adjustments with consideration of implementation constraints and institutional settings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate a range of approaches to course design and delivery, mindful of student learning needs;  
  2. Use evidence-based evaluation to inform curriculum design;  
  3. Make connections between practice and current theories and research on curriculum development and assessment design to prepare recommendations for change;  
  4. Apply systematic curriculum design processes and principles of alignment to learning goals, teaching and learning activities, and assessment tasks for effective learning; and  
  5. Design assessment that identifies and reports student learning, provides feedback to students about their learning and informs further learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Peer feedback (800 words) 15%
Assignment Evidence-based curriculum recommendations (approximate word equivalence 1800 words) 35%
Portfolio Assessment portfolio with scholarly reflection justifying design (approximate word equivalence 2500 words) 50%

Required reading

Teaching for quality learning at university 4th ed
Biggs, J, & Tang, C 2011
Maiden Head: Open University Press/McGraw Press

Further readings will be advised during the semester. These will be chosen on the basis of their applicability to the whole student cohort.

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