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A Step-by-step Guide to Writing Module Learning Outcomes

To begin, take the list of current outcomes for the module from the existing module descriptor (or any other document if you have revised them). If you do not have an existing set of outcomes follow the  instruction for writing a new set below. Also, have with you a copy of current assessments for the module that contribute to the final mark (examination paper, assignment briefs etc).

If you do not have an existing set of outcomes begin with step 1A. If you do have an existing set of outcomes begin with step 1B.


Step 1A: Write 4 to 6 Statements

  1.  In language comprehensible to a typical student, write 4 to 6 statements of what it is a student would be expected to be able to demonstrate as a consequence of the learning associated with the module.
  2. Use this new set of statements (outcomes) as your basis.

Step 1B: Rephrase existing as statements

  1. Take the existing set of outcomes/objectives.
  2. Write, in language comprehensible to a typical student, what it is the student would be expected to be able to demonstrate as a consequence of the learning associated with each.
  3. Use this new set of statements (outcomes) as your basis.

Step 2: Check all demonstrable elements of assessments are included

  1. Check through the current assessment instruments (continuous and terminal) for the module and  list broadly what the assessment is asking students to demonstrate as a result of their learning on the module.
  2. Revise your new list of outcomes to reflect any changes as a result of checking the assessment or to add a new statement for any element that is missing.

Step 3: Rewrite outcomes as Learning Outcomes

Choose an action verb for each outcome that will best reflect what students are required to demonstrate. Be careful to choose a verb that reflects the type and level of learning you wish the student to be able to demonstrate.

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Step 4: Critique your set of Learning Outcomes

Use the General Guidelines to critique your set of learning outcomes and make final  revisions.

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