Module Specifications

Current Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Curriculum Development and Instructional Design
Module Code ES102
School School of Education Studies
Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: John Lalor
Semester 2: John Lalor
Autumn: John Lalor
Module TeachersJohn Lalor
Majella McSharry
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
This module will equip students with a good working knowledge of curriculum development theory and instructional design practice in a variety of education and training contexts including further,adult and continuing education. The module will create an awareness among the students of the range of issues to be considered in the process of curriculum development and instructional design in these contexts and will provide the student with a practical and theoretical grounding in a wide range of education settings.

Learning Outcomes
1. Describe and place in the context of current curriculum thought the main issues to be considered in developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of instruction.
2. Demonstrate the capacity to plan collaboratively in the curriculum field.
3. Create a coherent course or programme, incorporating the principal elements of curriculum design such as the development of aims and objectives and assessment and evaluation approaches.
4. Examine curriculum possibilities and constraints in a range of practical settings.
5. Evaluate modular programmes according to the curriculum requirements of providers in a variety of education and training contexts.
6. Outline the historical development of Curriculum thought and practice.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lecture input
Independent learning60Self-directed reading and revision
Library11Self and tutor-directed reading of course material
Assignment30Assignment preparation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at:

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Traditions of curriculum thought; current issues in curriculum theory in a variety of education environments including further, adult and continuing education; perspectives (historical, sociological, political, psychological) on curriculum; a personal philosophy of curriculum..

Curriculum aims and objectives; priorities and resources in curriculum design; curriculum organisation and structure; curriculum design and needs analysis; integration and the structures of disciplines..

Coherent curriculum structures; writing aims and objectives; the modular curriculum; the negotiated curriculum; the accreditation of prior learning and experience; modes of assessment; accreditation and certification. QA processes in awarding bodies..

An introduction to the concept and methodology of curriculum evaluation..

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List
  • A V Kelly: 2004, The Curriculum: Theory and Practice, 1412900271
  • Lawrence Stenhouse: 1975, An introduction to curriculum research and development, Heinemann, London, 0435808508
  • Ivor F. Goodson: 1994, Studying curriculum, Open University Press, Buckingham, [England], 0335190502
  • Gleeson Jim: 2009, Curriculum in Context, 3039115359
Other Resources
6426, Website, Aontas:, 0, The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education,, 6438, Website, NCCA:, 0, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment,, 6439, Website, FETAC:, 0, Further Education and Training Awards Council,, 6440, Website, ESAI:, 0, Educational Studies Association of Ireland,, 6441, Website, Curriculum Development Unit:, 0, CDU,,
Programme or List of Programmes
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ETBSc in Education & Training
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Timetable this semester: Timetable for ES102
Date of Last Revision01-SEP-10