EDU5705 Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
EDU 5705 1, 2010 WEB Curriculum Design and Evaluation 1 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOEDU
Academic org: FOE002
Student contribution band: National Priority Teaching
ASCED code: 070301



Examiner: Agli Zavros
Moderator: Catherine Arden


Curriculum design and evaluation provides educators with a theoretical basis from which they can analyse, evaluate curriculum in relation to contemporary issues and imperatives. Reflecting on the current teaching and learning contexts it is important that we begin to reflect on how curriculum impacts of both educators and learners. Thinking about curriculum design requires understandings of and engagement with relationships between: student - teacher, teachers - school, school- community, community - state initiatives, and state initiatives - national imperatives etc. It is also important that there is a deep understanding about curriculum theory and practice: and the relationship between theory and practice. This course requires students to consider western as well and non-western perspectives, issues and imperatives in curriculum design and evaluation. This course has a strong philosophical emphasis on examining, through inquiry, the purposes of education, values education, ethics, and social and political imperatives.


Students enrolled in this course will be engaged in an inquiry into curriculum practices within a teaching and learning context - this might be their current place of work or one to which they have access. Students, through an inquiry based approach, will begin to investigate factors that impact on curriculum at these sites. To do so, students will first be introduced to various schools of thought in the area of curriculum design and evaluation. In doing this students will be engaged in a review of current curriculum practices at the site. This review will draw on critical theory to analyse curriculum documents, exploring various themes and relationships. Students will develop personalised frameworks for design and evaluation of curriculum and use this framework to inform the relationship between theory and practice in a particular area of study (Arts, Sciences, SOSE, Maths, etc.).


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

demonstrate a substantial engagement with and understanding of various schools of thought in the area of curriculum design and evaluation (All Assessments)
demonstrate a substantive understanding of critical theory in analysing curriculum documents.(Assessment 1)
demonstrate knowledge in the development of a personalised framework for design and evaluation of curriculum (All Assessments)
demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice (All Assessments)
demonstrate the application of knowledge in the development of an innovative curriculum document that takes into consideration contemporary issues and imperatives and position this document within local, state, national and global contents. (Assessment 2)
apply understandings of Indigenous perspectives (national and global) in the design and evaluation of curriculum (All Assessments)
demonstrate a high level of literacy and the application of language in the design of curriculum (All Assessments)
demonstrate high standard of literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (All assessments)


Description Weighting (%)
1. Critical Theory
2. Frames for Understanding - Curriculum Theory
3. Frames for Doing - Curriculum Design
4. Frames for Reviewing - Curriculum Evaluation

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

(There is no prescribed text for this course.)


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

(Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information The gateway to education resources is here ...

Britzman D. P. 2003, Practice Make Practice: A Critical Study of Learning to Teach, State University of New York Press, New York.

Giroux H.A 2005, Cultural Workers and the Politics of Education., Rutledge Taylor and Francis Group.

Kalantzis M., & Cope B. 2008, New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, Cambridge University Press.


Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date


  1. Attendance requirements:
    WEB There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL


1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.


  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.
  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.

This version produced 17 May 2011.