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Designing a Curriculum (EDUC90516)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90516
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject deals with the principles of curriculum design and the translation of these principles into a program of study in a specific context. It covers the formulation of objectives and outcomes, content selection, teaching activities and the design of assessment tasks. One module deals with designing for web-based presentation. Participants are encouraged to use the experience as an opportunity to work on the design of a curriculum in which they are involved. The subject also provides participants with the experience of reviewing each other's work online.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the subject, participants should have developed:

  • a critical understanding of theories and principles of curriculum design;
  • the ability to translate these principles into programs designed for specific learning environments;
  • skill in analysing learning environments, student needs and the interests of a range of stakeholders;
  • the ability to give and receive constructive feedback among peers, and insight into the effective use of this learning procedure.

Generic skills

On completing this subject, participants should be able to:

  • apply theories and principles to specific contexts;
  • analyse, evaluate and balance the interests and needs of different groups
  • work constructively with colleagues to evaluate and support one another's work;
  • use online communication effectively to facilitate group work

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
EDUC90002 Effective University Teaching
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Reviews of peers' draft curriculum documents, 1500 words due mid-semester 30%
  • Curriculum design and commentary 2500 words due end of semester 50%
  • Reflective writing, 1200 words due end of semester 20%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • February
    Principal coordinatorKristine Elliott
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours16 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period20 February 2019 to 15 May 2019
    Last self-enrol date 8 March 2019
    Census date22 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends21 June 2019
  • July
    Principal coordinatorKristine Elliott
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2019 to 8 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 7 August 2019
    Census date13 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail20 September 2019
    Assessment period ends29 October 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Full day forum at the beginning of the subject and before the commencement of the Semester teaching period, followed by classes during semester.

The classes during semester may be completed online, on campus or in mixed mode.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019