Curriculum Mapping

Nota bene: The terms goals, learning outcomes, and outcomes are all used interchangeably. They represent what you expect students to know and be able to do once they complete the program and/or course.

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, further developed, and satisfactorily achieved.

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

Option 1 - Use the mapping feature in CourseLeaf:

Now, curriculum maps can be created directly in CourseLeaf rather than being added to the program's record as an attachment. Please review the CourseLeaf user guide for program edits and proposals to learn more about the process.


Option 2 - Create a curriculum map using our template:

  1. Download the Curriculum Mapping Worksheet.
  2. Add the program's goals, outcomes, or objectives to the row across the top.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 satisfactorily achieved (A) in the course. Add I, D, or A in the appropriate box indicating if the goal is introduced, practiced, or reinforced.
  5. 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 should be made to the curriculum.