Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University

Writing Module Learning Outcomes

What is the difference between module and programme learning outcomes?

While learning outcomes at programme or award level are broad, module learning outcomes are more specific in
describing what the student will be able to do. They determine the content, delivery and assessment of each module and along with other modules meet the programme outcomes.

Module learning outcomes serve the following purposes:

  • To inform students of what is expected of them.
  • To guide the lecturer in his or her approach to delivery of content and assessment that focuses on what the student will be able to do as a result of the learning.
  • To influence the domain and level of learning required of the delivery and assessment.
  • To fulfil the requirements of one or more programme outcomes.

Example of a Module Learning Outcome:

On successful completion of the module students will be able to discuss how information systems can be used to help organisations to succeed in their objectives.

Example of a Programme Learning Outcome:

Upon successful completion of the programme a student will be able to critically evaluate problems and alternative solutions in a wide variety of business and organisational contexts in different socio-cultural and political environments.