Designing and developing curriculum

students discussing ideas

Extended unit outline template

ACU provides an Extended unit outline template to help academics build this document. Please read the information on the Extended unit outline page.

Exemplars of Learning and Teaching Strategies

Federation University Australia has collated resources on various teaching strategies that provide effective learning and teaching outcomes.

Embedding Indigenous Knowings into Curricula

Associate Professor Nerida (Ned) Blair and Dr Kristina Everett yarn about embedding Indigenous Knowings into curricula, with explanations of what this means and how this can be done.

Embedding Indigenous Knowings into Curricula

Embedding Indigenous Knowings into Curricula - Part 2

Hurdle Tasks and Why Leap into Learning is a Good Example

Hurdle tasks are formative tasks, that is, tasks that do not contribute marks to the final grade of a unit, but are so important to the successful achievement of one or more key learning outcomes that the student cannot progress in the course without passing it. Hurdle tasks should be used sparingly in a course because they can be a significant barrier to successful completion of the course.

Leap into Learning is a good example of a hurdle task because it aims to provide students with searching, researching, and evaluating skills to help them to succeed in their university studies and beyond. These are fundamental skills for a student and it is a challenge to progress in a unit or course without knowing how to locate and use academic resources.

There are, of course, many other discipline specific, vital capabilities that are appropriate as hurdle tasks. Drug dose calculations in nursing is one. These tasks are marked on a pass/fail basis because they demonstrate abilities that are vital to the course.

Curriculum Enhancement at ACU

In early February 2016 a series of workshops involving representatives from each Faculty and from Directorates including First Peoples and Identity and Mission came together to discuss how curriculum can and might be enhanced at ACU, with presentations on:

  • the governance of the curriculum development process and its timelines;
  • the incorporation of the Catholic intellectual tradition, principles of Catholic social teaching and Catholic social thought in our curricula;
  • the foundational ideas of writing curriculum; and
  • applying these ideas in practice.

The slides from these workshops are provided here, as well as the links for resources on Catholic social thought and teaching provided by IACE.

Role and requirements of the Courses and Academic Quality Committee
from Professor Karen Flowers, Head of the CAQ Committee

Catholic identity and mission
from Professor Jude Butcher and Mr Anthony Steel

Designing (effective) curricula 101
from Dr Duncan Nulty, Learning and Teaching Centre

Peter Faber Business School: realignment of curriculum
from Professor Susan Dann, with an exemplar from Professor Don Ross, Finance (Statistics)

Suggested resources for student and staff formation

(from Anthony Steel, IACE)