Mapping Guidelines

Curriculum Mapping

Curriculum mapping is a tool used to create awareness and facilitate improvements in curriculum design. A curriculum map ensures that course outcomes are covered across the program and that gaps in instruction do not exist.

 

Some general guidelines and considerations for creating a map

  1. The relationship between the course SLO and Program SLO should be straightforward. If the relationship between the SLO and PSLO would not be clear to the student, do not map an SLO to PSLO. 
  2. Identify the kind of outcome and map like outcomes. For example, a skills-based course outcome that requires the student to do or create something should not be mapped to an outcome that is about knowledge acquisition and not skills.
  3. The way a map looks may give your faculty something to consider. If a single outcome maps to every or most of the program outcome, is the course outcome too broad? Or, is it over-covered in your program? Core course outcomes will cover many program outcomes, but a curriculum map will help you determine how balanced your program is—are the competencies for a program spread out? Do they build on each other?  
  4. Likewise, if the course outcomes only map to one or two program outcomes (depending on how many you have) you might ask if a specific outcome or maybe even the course should still be taught.
  5. Mapping can also reveal the need for new program level outcomes. If you consistently see a subject area that you cannot map to the program level outcomes, then your program may need to be revised to include a competency you are clearly teaching.

Examples of Unlike Outcomes - Should NOT Map!

  • PSLO: Define key theories and concepts related to the field of textile weaving—Cognitive outcome related to knowledge acquisition
  • SLO: Construct intricate weaving techniques to form a vessel—psychomotor outcome related to ability to create new objects

Examples of Like Outcomes - Should Map!

  • PSLO:  Design and produce a variety of woven goods-- psychomotor outcome related to ability to create new objects
  • SLO: Construct intricate weaving techniques to form a vessel—psychomotor outcome related to ability to create new objects