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Course Objectives

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[edit] Planning Your Course

There are some basic questions that you can ask yourself to facilitate planning a new course or restructuring an existing curriculum.

  • To whom is this course addressed?
  • Where is this course situated in the program structure?
  • Are there any prerequisites for the course? If so, how will this influence the structure of the course?
  • Is this a compulsory course?
  • What level is it at?

[edit] Course Objectives

Instructional objectives are explicit statements describing in concrete terms what students are expected to learn or be able to do (how you expect them to change) as a result of instruction. It is important that a logical link exist between the educational objectives, the delivery of the course, and the evaluation of students during and at the end of the course.

Objectives are operational statements that refer to concrete and precise learning behaviours. These behaviours have been categorized into different domains: the cognitive, affective (attitudes and values) and psychomotor (motor and perceptual skills). Bloom's (1956) taxonomy refers to the cognitive domain; Krathwohl (1964) has described a taxonomy related to the affective domain, and EJ. Simpson (1965-1966) presents taxonomy for the psychomotor domain. Because of the limited space in this document and because university education is largely concerned with attaining cognitive objectives, the focus here will be on presenting cognitive objectives of instruction and more specifically those described by J.S. Bloom.

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