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EDUC6437 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (January)

Module Overview

This module requires the learner to consider their particular environment in the context of wider curriculum design and development. It will require the student examines to compare and contrast different curriculum models. Students will explore appropriate models of evaluating education and training at work. This module is taught at M level.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate, apply and adapt theories relevant to curriculum development, evaluation and quality assurance.
  • Promote and plan for a variety of teaching and learning techniques.
  • Evaluate a curriculum.
  • Plan and prepare teaching and learning programmes for groups and / or a range of individuals
  • Identify / review the resource implications of a curriculum.
  • Set your curriculum in the context of curriculum design models.
  • Relate your curriculum plans to external and internal policy requirements and contexts.
  • Identify the required outcomes of the learning programmes.
  • Analyse and explain ways in which equality of opportunity and respect for diversity can be built into curriculum design
  • Identify opportunities to exploit learning technology and innovation in curriculum design.
  • Enhance access to, and participation in, learning programmes.


Students will reflect and apply the theories relevant to curriculum design, development and evaluation in a professional development context. They are required to understand the context in which their curricula were designed and the factors that shaped it. Students will then be in a position to identify and recommend solutions to improve a particular curriculum.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will be taught in a classroom environment. The Teaching and Learning methods will be personalised to support each Trainee's individual needs and requirements using whole class, lecture, discussion, seminar groups, peer learning sets and self-directed study.

Independent Study132
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kelly, A.V. (2009). The Curriculum : Theory and Practice. 

Pinar, W. (2012). What is Curriculum Theory?. 

Pelligrino, J. (2012). Education for Life and Work : Developing transferable knowledge and skills for the 21st Century. 

Harlacher, J. et al. (2014). What is Curriculum based evaluation?. 

Barlex, D. (2015). Designing a Technology Curriculum. 

Moore, A (2012). Teaching and Learning : Pedagogy, Curriculum and Culture. 

Gosper, M. (2014). Curriculum Design for the 21st Century. 

Buckley, R. (2010). The Theory and Practice of Training. 

Fry, H et al. (2014). Teaching and Learning in Higher Education : Enhancing Academic Practice. 

Shawer, S. (2014). Curriculum Design,. 

Cullen, R et al. (2011). The Learner Centered Curriculum : Design and Implementation. 

Scott, D, (2007). Critical Essays on Major Curriculum Theorists.. 


Assessment Strategy

Summative assessment. Module must be passed for successful completion of the programme


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

Costs may include travel costs to and from placement as well as costs of materials associated with general teaching, such as stationary and the wearing of appropriate and professional attire. Trainees will not incur costs 'over and above that expected by qualified teachers employed by that school'. (placements)

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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