The Curriculum Development Unit manages the Curriculum Development Phase, which is the first phase of the Course Development Cycle/Process and has three levels: Program Level, Course Level, and Weekly Level.
1. Program Level
At the Program Level, faculty look at all their assigned courses in relation to the Programs of which they are part. This involves considering the sequencing of the courses and the broad scope of learning content that might go into each course. Because this is at a Program level, it is recommended that faculty consult with any other professors teaching courses in the same program to ensure there is minimal to no overlap in the content being covered in each course of the program. It also helps to organize one's thoughts about what should be covered in which course as opposed to another in relation to the subject matter and perhaps determining and outlining any pre-requisite knowledge.
So, the Program Level is the stage when Course Descriptions are written for Course Proposal Data and once approved, are added to the online Catalogue and then form the foundation, scope, and blueprint for developing each course. This then leads to the Course Level of Curriculum Development.
2. Course Level
Once the Course Descriptions are in place, faculty can now focus on the development of each course within the scope of the descriptions. This translates to identifying and crafting the overall objectives, goals, and outcomes of each course. There are University Level Outcomes and Student Level Outcomes.
a. University Level Outcomes - center around how the course relates to the 6 core values and our Missional Competency Framework which is based on the 6 core values, broken down to behaviours. The CDU works with faculty to help with the selection of relevant and fitting behaviours from the framework, which are in turn aligned with appropriate assessments that will provide evidence of mastery.
b. Student Level Outcomes - center around the actual content of the course and what students would gain by meeting the overall course goals. Using Bloom's Taxonomy, faculty will write measurable competency-based outcomes that are appropriate for the academic level of the course: associate, bachelor, masters. The CDU is available to assist with crafting good quality, measurable Course Level outcomes.
3. Weekly Level
Finally, each week needs to have a target, a goal that students would meet, accomplish, or master through completing that week's lessons, assignments, and assessments. The CDU will help with breaking down the main course objectives into smaller, week-by-week objectives that will drive the design and development of actual lessons, activities, and assessments for each week.
This concludes the Curriculum Development Phase of the Course Development process and faculty are ready to begin the Content Development Phase, which is managed by the Content Development Unit.