Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University

Writing Module Learning Outcomes

General Guidelines for Writing Module Learning Outcomes

The guidelines below are based on commonly accepted guidelines for writing module learning outcomes. It is important to note that this is not a set of steadfast rules and there will be exceptions where individual guidelines may not be appropriate. The section on Understanding Common Problems refers to some exceptions.

As a general guide learning outcomes should:

  • Be preceded with: On successful completion of this module, students will be able to …
  • Begin with an action verb and describe something (knowledge, skill or attitude) that is observable or measurable.
  • Use one action verb for each learning outcome.
  • Focus on what you expect students to be able to demonstrate upon completion of the module.
  • Be addressed in some way by the assessment for the module.
  • Be written in clear short sentences.
  • Be written to be understood by students, colleagues and external bodies.
  • Be free of ambiguous words and phrases.
  • Be neither too broad nor too specific - broad is at programme level, specific at lecture level.