In writing your own course-level learning objectives, consider the following questions:
- What should my students be able to do/know after completing my course? Note: be sure to include action-oriented verbs that make learning objectives more explicit and observable.
- Within my course, how will I measure (e.g., assessments) whether or not students are achieving the learning objectives I’ve written?
- How do these learning objectives relate to students’ likely prior knowledge plus the amount of practice and feedback they will get during the course?
Sample 1: Learning objectives from Engineering
- Choose a reactor and determine its size for a given application.
- Analyze kinetic data and obtain rate laws.
- Work with mass and energy balances in the design of non-isothermal reactors.
Sample 2: Learning objectives from Architecture
- Identify multiple ways of relating to site in precedents and their colleagues' work, generate their own alternatives, and synthesize them into a cohesive project.
- Demonstrate building construction, structural design, and architectural composition gained in prior semesters’ courses.
- Demonstrate an ongoing exploration of the details of occupancy.
- Collaborate in a team to generate, evaluate and document design decisions.
- Show evidence of a consistent exploration of alternatives.
Sample 3: Learning objectives from Business
When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to:
- Analyze a business situation to determine information management need.
- Design a database to address those needs.
- Write SQL queries to retrieve information from a relational database.
Sample 4: Learning objectives from Statistics
Students should be able to design an experimental study, carry out an appropriate statistical analysis of the data, and properly interpret and communicate the analyses.
Sample 5: Learning objectives from Mathematics
- Solve problems using matrix techniques and algorithms.
- Recognize and recall major linear algebraic definitions and theorems.
- Develop short but rigorous proofs of true mathematical statements and construct counter-examples for false statements.
- Apply major linear algebraic theorems to prove other results.