Program and Curriculum Design Terminology

Program and Curriculum Design Terminology








Program and Curriculum Design Terminology
Core Abilities
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Western has adopted seven core abilities that describe a general set of outcomes that
must be demonstrated by all graduates.
Agreed upon by the College and cannot be altered.
Core abilities must be linked to courses and can be linked to course competencies.

Program Outcomes
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Describe what a student is expected to demonstrate upon program completion.
Determined collectively through advisory committee input, state-wide curriculum
input, and/or Technical Skill Attainment (TSA) efforts.
Program outcomes must be linked to courses, and can be linked to course
competencies, and external standards.

Competencies
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Describe what the learner should be able to DO after completing a specific course.
Competencies must be linked to program outcomes and core abilities.
One verb per competency.
Three to six competencies per credit.
When using the cognitive domain, must be written at the application level or above.

Learning Objectives
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Describe WHAT the learner will be able to demonstrate.
Written in clear, measurable, observable, and concise terms.
Focused on student learning behaviors.
Two to ten learning objectives per competency. (Western recommends two to six
learning objectives per competency.)
Student will be able to...(verb).

Performance Standards, Assessment Strategies and Criteria
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Describe HOW the learner will demonstrate what has been learned.
Includes performance criteria and assessment strategies that will be incorportated by
all instructors.
Criteria describe the specifications by which the performance will be evaluated.
Incorporates a WIDS lead-in statement.
Four to ten performance criteria per competency. (Western recommends four to six
performance criteria per competency.)
Assessment strategies describe how the competency will be assessed (written product,
exam, etc.)
Assessment strategies should be general enough to be used by any instructor.

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Updated: 7.14.14 by runningm

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