Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINED 712 - Curriculum and Course Design

15 Points

Semester 1


This course explores the practical application of the theory, concepts, and processes underlying curriculum development, the design of short courses and one-off teaching sessions. It addresses different models of course design used in healthcare education, including outcome-based course design and the development of content, methods, materials, entrustable professional activities, assessment and evaluation for a course or curriculum.

This is a 15 point elective course for all the clinical education programmes. It is offered as a distance-learning course in a fully online format.


Aims of the course

The course will allow clinical teachers to better understand the theory, process and key practical elements of designing and developing curricula, courses and teaching sessions for delivery in clinical and healthcare education.

Participants are encouraged to draw on their own experiences and apply their new learning and skills in useful ways in their own areas of education and teaching.


Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend the purpose and key components of curriculum and course design
  • Critique examples of courses and curricula on the basis of their design
  • Identify common problems and flaws in curriculum and course design
  • Comprehend key modern concepts in course design such the outcome-based approach and entrustable professional activities
  • Demonstrate skills in designing curricula and courses
  • Reflect on and justify their own approaches to curricula and course design



Students are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop, which will be held on Friday 8th March 2019 of the first week of Semester one. This workshop will have a practical focus and will allow students to explore some of the methodologies of curriculum and course design, and to meet and interact with course tutors and other course participants.

It will also involve guidance and discussion of the course assignments, content and the electronic resources involved in completing the course.



There are three written assignments to complete, each of which allows the student to apply their knowledge and skills to their own area of clinical education.


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