Individual courses and curricula should be developed within the context of the program's goals and reflect a coherent plan of study.
Curriculum mapping is a strategy that helps to identify which courses bear responsibility for particular outcomes and to make certain that the curriculum offers a rational sequence of courses. The curriculum should be organized so that knowledge and skills for each learning outcome are first Introduced, then Developed, and finally Mastered.
Questions to consider
- To what extent are key program goals introduced and reinforced appropriately from course to course?
- How well do course objectives track with program objectives?
- Are there opportunities for students to organize, synthesize, and integrate what they are learning across courses?
- Are courses suitably preparing students for graduate school or a chosen career?
Create a curriculum map
- Download the Curriculum Mapping Worksheet (doc) or use the curriculum mapping feature in TaskStream.
- Add the program's goals, outcomes, or objectives to the row across the top.
- In the row on the left, list all the required courses and any electives that students are encouraged to take; include any courses taken outside your department if these are central to the program’s requirement.
- Once the rows and columns are created, think about how each course contributes to the learning outcome: is the outcome first introduced (I), developed (D) or mastered (M) in the course. Add I, D, or M in the appropriate box indicating if the goal is introduced developed or mastered.
- Once the curriculum is “mapped” review it to make sure it reflects a coherent plan of study. If not, think about what revisions or changes you want to make to the curriculum.