Curriculum and assessment
What is our curriculum?
A curriculum is based on a set of values and beliefs about what students should learn; it is the axis about which learning and teaching revolve. In part values and beliefs are set by external agencies or by internal deliberation. The guiding principle for curriculum design at Macquarie is constructive alignment. Constructive alignment means that what we ask students to do must relate to what we want them to learn; in other words the graduate capabilities, aims of the course, learning outcomes, learning tasks, assessments and marking criteria all relate to each other.
Below is a diagram of the curriculum from the students' perspective. At the centre of the diagram is the student, looking out at the elements of the curriculum or the things that impact on engagement with the curriculum. The elements and influences include appropriate scope and sequence of content; student focused teaching and learning; formative and summative assessment; explicit organisation; student evaluation and feedback; the background, ability and experience of the student relative to the situation at hand; and finally, the intention of the curriculum as stated by aims, goals and outcomes.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment matters. It shapes students' learning experience and strongly influences what and how students learn.