Curriculum Design

Curriculum design involves planning a sequence of learning experiences. It can be seen as a  learning journey for students to undertake, whether at a programme level or module level, that results in the intended learning.

This involves designing the following:

  • Learning Outcomes (LOs) – expressed as verbs that the students have to enact
  • Assessment –  how you will evaluate how well these LOs have been met
  • Teaching and learning activities – both content and method used

Academic regulations


Designing a Programme

Writing a Module

Further Reading

Barnett R. and Coate K.(2005) Engaging the Curriculum in Higher Education. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education

Biggs, J. (1996) Enhancing teaching through constructive alignment, Higher Education, 32, pp347-364

Biggs J. and Tang C. (2007) Teaching for quality learning at university. 3rd edn. Maidenhead:OU Press

Fry H., Ketteridge S. and Marshall S. (2014) Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Enhancing academic practice. 4th edn. Oxon: Routledge

QAA Subject Benchmark statements,