The curriculum map presents a visualization of the designed curriculum, and assessment milestones help to provide information on the results or effect of the delivered curriculum on the students' learning. Student surveys add to the assessment narrative by providing insight into the experienced curriculum, which can also be enhanced by incorporating faculty, student supervisor and employer surveys to provide data on the learning as demonstrated by the student.
In the map matrix, courses and program requirements* that comprise a curriculum are linked to program outcome(s) at different developmental levels depending on the emphasis of that outcome in the course. An outcome(s) can:
By indicating where the SLOs and courses or experiences intersect, a curriculum map shows where and how program outcomes are addressed in the curriculum.
This mechanism promotes continuous program improvement by helping faculty:
identify where outcomes are covered in a curriculum,
identify potential gaps in the curriculum (where a course is not addressing any outcome, or an outcome is not supported within the curriculum),
identify whether the outcomes need modification,
identify best opportunities for assessment, and/or
start a discussion of potential changes to the curriculum
An example of a curriculum map is provided below (click image for a larger version that you can edit for your particular program):
Models of curriculum maps from two graduate programs at URI are provided below (click image for a larger version):
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Please click here for a brief handout which further explains curriculum mapping.
Much of this information was adapted from additional resources, which are listed below: