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Learning outcomes describe what a student should know, understand or be able to do as a consequence of successfully completing their whole course, a particular level of their course, or an individual module. Well-defined learning outcomes articulate observable and measurable behaviours from which key assessment criteria can be derived. Well-defined learning outcomes provide students with an appreciation of what learning is expected of them and helps to provide them with a focus for how they will develop as they progress through the course. The learning outcomes effectively provide a framework for tutors’ expectations of their students. As students progress through the levels and between awards they are expected to become less dependent and more able to deal with unstructured and uncertain situations and these will be reflected in the learning outcomes. Consequently, establishing the learning outcomes of a course and those of its constituent awards, levels and modules is a fundamental part of the curriculum design process. Sheffield Hallam University’s course descriptor template requires course planners to identify the course level learning outcomes for the main/target award and each of the intermediate awards.
Further guidance and examples can be found on our ‘A guide to Learning Outcomes’