learning outcomes

NOTE: This page outlines the program-level learning outcomes for Masters by Coursework Degree programs. The Learning and Teaching Unit are in the process of developing learning outcomes for other qualification levels.

This is not a simple question. Your students' learning will cover the curriculum as described in your Course Outline. The curriculum formally documents what completion of the course will produce. It is:

"... all the planned learning opportunities offered by the organisation to learners ... This includes those activities that educators have devised for learners which are invariably represented in the form of a written document"—M. Print, 1993, Curriculum Development and Design, 2nd edition, p. 9.

Program mapping entails the systematic review and alignment of individual course learning, activities and assessments with the relevant program learning goals, graduate capabilities and disciplinary standards.

Faculties or Schools start this process by translating Faculty attributes and discipline standards into a set of program learning goals. They map individual courses, collate the results, and map the program goals, attributes and disciplinary standards across all courses in the entire program to reveal gaps and areas of over-concentration.

When you're using the constructive alignment approach to curriculum design, one basic activity is to choose and develop learning activities that are aligned with intended learning outcomes. That is, they are:

Download the UNSW Learning Outcomes Guide. This document has three parts:

  1. A rationale for, and definitions of learning outcomes.
  2. Writing learning outcomes.
  3. Examples of learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes explicitly state what we want students to know, understand, or be able to do as a result of completing a program/course.