Framework for curriculum design: use of a design framework for first year curriculum

Deb Murdoch

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First year curriculum design should be intentional, cohesive, and supportive to initiate students into academic life and promote engagement and success in learning. This article discusses the process of design and the use of a framework to support planning for development, delivery, and assessment of learning in first year curriculum in a computing course and the subsequent achievement of students. It explores the development of subjects following the framework and shows the process used by academics to design and deliver subjects and reflects on the practice of design. Evidence of achievement is demonstrated through students’ academic results and through improved subject design across the first year of the course. The results show an increase in progress rates of students and improved quality of learning demonstrated through the achievement of improved grades. This article endeavours to share a process and framework used with evidence of improved progress rates and improved grades.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International First Year in Higher Education Conference 2013
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event16th International FYHE Conference 2013 - Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 07 Jul 201310 Jul 2013


Conference16th International FYHE Conference 2013
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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