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Postgraduate | CUR-EDHE501-2023

The Learning Cycle: Design and Curriculum

Further your knowledge as an educator. Learn how to apply design thinking to areas of your profession including curriculum, assessment, evaluation and feedback. Consider the diversity of learners to creative innovative approaches. 

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023
  • 28 Aug 2023

Price from


Upfront cost


HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. construct curriculum, assessment, feedback and evaluation designs by applying a design approach that is structured on learning cycle frameworks
  2. demonstrate knowledge of assessment, feedback and evaluation modes and practices in tertiary contexts
  3. develop learning sequences demonstrating an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching and/or learning support methods and student learning
  4. appraise one's own learning and teaching practice based on critical reflection in light of key concepts, research and theories of learning and teaching in higher education settings
  5. integrate knowledge of contemporary university learners and learner diversity in teaching practice and learning design and development.
    • Scholarly teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)
    • Learning and teaching theories
    • Teaching approaches
    • Learning cycle and curriculum alignment
    • Assessment and feedback
    • Collaborative learning: Harnessing student interactions for deep learning
    • Design, implement and support online learning
    • Teaching today’s diverse learners
    • Strategic directions in University teaching
    • Evaluating teaching and learning
  • This subject is intended for experienced educators who wish to formalise and extend their knowledge, skills and capabilities as facilitators of learning, curriculum designers, and reflective evaluators of their teaching quality. The subject begins with a review of the diverse nature of contemporary adult learners and their varied learning needs and expectations. It examines theories and practices, curriculum design, assessment, evaluation and feedback in the contemporary context from a design thinking perspective. The application of design thinking to curriculum development affords innovative approaches to the facilitation of learning and assessment practices. In engaging with this approach learners will develop the capacity to design curriculum responsive to educational advancements and evaluation outcomes. Learners should be able to utilise their learning in application to professional accreditation bodies (HEA, HERDSA) at an Associate Fellow level, and to their professional teaching portfolio.

    Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

    Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

    • Peer Discussion (10%)
    • Learning Sequence (40%)
    • Professional Statement (50%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • CUR-EDH-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Innovative Learning and Teaching

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees