Curriculum Design

Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Design

  • Provide the anchor for designing a course
  • The outcomes-based approach focuses on what the learners must be able to do and know at the end of the subject.
  • This requires the curriculum designer to “work backwards” from or deconstruct the required outcomes, to determine the integrated learning activities that will lead to mastery of the outcome.


Think for a moment about the subject that you are reviewing (or creating) and answer the following questions:

  • Why is your subject important? What purpose does this subject serve?
  • What do you want students to be able to DO/KNOW once the subject is over?
  • What is the profile of the subject? How does it relate to other subjects? What subjects does it build on? What subjects follow it?
  • Are you aware of the program outcomes and how this subject contributes to them?