Curriculum mapping is a very useful exercise to ensure that curriculum/program components are designed to meet the program learning outcomes in a coordinated and systematic manner. In other words, in order for students to achieve the learning outcomes, there should be sufficient opportunities of increasing depth and sophistication throughout the curriculum/program that allow students to develop the desired knowledge, skills and/or attitudes.
Example Curriculum Map : (adapted from Mary Allen, 2011)
The Curriculum Map should:
- Ensure that the program SLOs are represented in the curriculum in a balanced and coordinated manner
- Establish longitudinal monitoring of student learning
- Identify “spiral” learning and assessment opportunities, both in terms of depth and level of sophistication
- Ensure a holistic learning experience