Curriculum mapping is a method to align instruction with desired program goals and student learning outcomes. It can also be used to explore what is taught and how.

The map:

  • Documents what is taught and when
  • Reveals gaps in the curriculum
  • Helps design an assessment plan

 

Benefits:

  • Improves communication about curriculum among faculty
  • Improves program coherence
  • Increases the likelihood that students achieve program level outcomes
  • Encourages reflective practice

 

The following sample highlights a completed Cultural Resources Program curriculum map.

REQUIRED COURSES AND EXPERIENCES

Program Level LEARNING OUTCOMES

Demonstrate knowledge of key historical material, theoretical perspectives, institutional practices, and legal and ethical concerns.

Analyze and identify the materials from which historical and or artistic objects are made.

Develop visual and hand skills for recognizing and analyzing materials that compose cultural objects and processes by which they have been constructed.

Develop appropriate research skills.

Analyze the conservation needs of an object and identify best practices.

Illustrate research and computer skills.

Exhibit knowledge of actual museum work through personal experience.

0533-370 Intro to Museums Collecting

I, A

 

I

I

 

I

I

0533-422 Art Materials and Photography

R

I, A

R

R

I

 

 

0533-423 Artists’ Materials: Panel Paintings

 

R

 

 

 

 

 

0533-424 Legal and Ethical Issues for Collecting Institutions

R

 

R, A

 

 

R

 

0533-425 Display and Exhibition

 

R

 

 

R, A

 

 

0533-426

Collections, Management & Museum Administrators

   

R

 

 

 

 

0533-427

Fundraising, grant Writing & Marketing for Nonprofits

     

R,A

 

 

 

0533-437

Forensic Investigation

R

R, A

 

 

 

R

 

0533-438 Art Conservation

     

 

R

 

 

0533-510

     

R

 

R,A

R

Internship

M

M

M

M

M

M

M,A

 

(I = Introduce; R= Reinforce; M = Mastery; and A = Assessment Opportunity)

For additional information, use the Curriculum Mapping Guide to help facilitate your program-level planning.