Mapping the Curriculum
Curriculum mapping is a method program faculty can use to align courses with desired program outcomes and goals. A curriculum map is a matrix (grid, table) that depicts the connection between outcomes (what students will be able to do or demonstrate as a result of their studies) and shows where the curriculum addresses and assesses those outcomes.
The curriculum mapping process helps program faculty:
- Identify which courses and program-level assessments support a program’s outcomes
- Document what is taught and when
- See gaps in the curriculum
- Design an assessment plan
Curriculum Mapping Steps:
Sample Curriculum Map
- Define program outcomes and list them in the first row, one per column.
- List all existing courses your program provides in the first column. These can be organized by lower- and upper-level requirements and electives.
- Identify where the outcomes are or should be introduced, practiced, mastered, and assessed.
- Rethink the value of offering courses that do not support any of your program outcomes.
- If no course provides a direct measure for a program outcome, rethink the value of the outcome or consider revising an existing assignment or exam, revising an existing course, or developing a new course.