Individual courses and curricula should be developed within the context of the program’s goals and reflect a coherent plan of study. Curriculum mapping is a strategy that helps to identify which courses are responsible for particular program outcomes and to make certain that the curriculum offers a rational sequence of courses. The curriculum should be organized such that knowledge and skills for each program goal are first introduced, further developed, and satisfactorily achieved.
Curriculum maps are required when new programs are proposed and when major changes are made to a program curriculum. They are expected to be reviewed as part of the academic program review self-study.
Questions to consider:
To what extent are key program goals introduced, developed and satisfactorily achieved from course to course?
How well do course objectives track with program objectives?
Are there opportunities for students to organize, synthesize, and integrate what they are learning across courses?
Are courses suitably preparing students for graduate school or a chosen career?