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Teaching and Learning

Designing a Unit

Designing a unit involves planning and developing a unit of study for delivery. It involves making choices about what, when, where and how to teach. Resources are provided on the following aspects of unit design:

  • Blueprints and Checklists
  • Aligning the curriculum
  • Stages in unit development
  • Designing and writing your unit

Unit Design Blueprints

Choose a Unit Design Blueprint from the options below or adapt one to suit your requirements.

  • Unit Design Blueprint [word] | [pdf]
  • Unit Design Blueprint v2 [word] | [pdf] Courtesy of SCU's School of Education


Quick checklists and guides

  • Unit Writing Milestones Checklist [word] | [pdf]
  • Unit Details Guide (UCMS) [pdf]

Aligning the Curriculum

A key principle of unit design is how to ensure that learning outcomes, learning experiences and assessment are aligned.

Constructive Alignment and Why It is Important to the Learning Process
Higher Education Academy in the UK (Engineering Subject Centre) provides useful information the importance of alignment principles to the curriculum design process.
Macquarie University provides a useful outline of how to develop unit learning outcomes. This includes an interactive resource on Bloom's Taxonomy.

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
This resource helps write learning outcomes with different levels of sophistication and complexity.

Teaching Teaching and Understanding Understanding
A 19 minute You Tube video clip based on the constructive alignment theory developed by Professor John Biggs.

Unit Design Case Study - Creative Arts (Education)

Blueprinting Creative Arts 1: A Unit Design Case Study
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The unit blueprint below was developed as part of the redesign of a Creative Arts unit for Education students. The unit was designed for a blended approach, consisting of online components with the inclusion of a face to face workshop.

Peter Cook explains the unit design process that he used to map out the curriculum elements of the Creative Arts unit. This involved mind mapping and blueprinting, using School of Education's blueprint template.

Other case study videos: