How to define the modules of my course?

The localized curriculum has to be organized in MODULES. 
There are three basic elements involved in the process of designing a module:  

  1. Defining the learning outcomes; 
  2. Choosing the learning and teaching methods that can lead to attainment of outcomes; 
  3. Assessing student learning outcomes. 

In the definition of the first  two elements (1 and 2)   you are supported by the FLEXIBILITY TABLE.
For the last one (3), the ASSESSMENT TABLE  provides you with a general framework for the assessment of each learning outcome in terms of criteria and methods, which you can use.

Since the design of the EU Curriculum is based on ECVET, the Learning Outcomes have been grouped into Units of Learning Outcomes. These show some parallels with modules but, in contrast to a module, are not so much based on teaching requirements but to “competence areas” and “FCN key activities”.  

As stated by EU standards and tools in the field of VET, the Units of Learning Outcomes (UoLOs):

  • should be designed in such a way as to provide as cohesive and structured a learning process as possible, with agreed coherent learning outcomes and clear criteria for assessment; 
  • can be determined on the basis of complete work assignments, working processes, areas of work, fields of action or fields of competence which are typical of the particular profession. 
  • should be designed in such a way that they can be completed as independently as possible of other units; 
  • should include all necessary learning outcomes (specialist, social and personal); 
  • should be structured and dimensioned in such a way that the relevant learning outcomes can actually be achieved in the given time. 
  • should be assessable.
Although both Modules and UoLs actually result from the grouping of LOs, Modules mirror a “teacher perspective”, while UoLOs mirror the “learner perspective”; so, the criterion adopted to group the LOs may be different.

ENhANCE’s Experts envisaged 3 POSSIBLE CRITERIA to set up the Modules of a localized curriculum:

1. The Modules coincide with the proposed 7 Units of Learning Outcomes:

A. Needs Assessment

B. Decision Making Process

C. Health Promotion And Education

D. Communication

E. Navigation As Care Coordinator And Patient Advocate

F. Evidence Based Approach

G. Enhance And Promote Individual And Family Health Including E-Health To Support The Quality Of Nursing Care

The names of the modules (so far) are suggestions and can be changed. 

2. The Modules refer to the Groups of Core Competences/Key Activities identified by the project, but you group them in a different way with respect to the defined Units

The ENhANCE Curriculum UoLOs have been defined on the base of the Key Activities which characterize FCNs defined as:

an integrated group of professional competences, which are in their entirety necessary to perform a task relevant to the job profile; the key activities of one profession must together cover all activities for the performance of a profession, regardless of its application context.” 

Units of Learning Outcomes can be derived from Key Activities, thus they may be identical to the key activities of a profession, but can also be adapted according to the needs of a training operator or the relevant target groups.

So, for example, the 7 key activities can be grouped into 5 modules as follows:

A. Health Promotion And Education

B. Evidence Based Practices

C. Communication

D. Navigation As Care Coordinator And Patient Advocate

E. Enhance And Promote Individual And Family Health Including E-Health To Support The Quality Of Nursing Care.

3. The Modules can be organized by grouping the 52 Learning Outcomes without taking into account the suggested Groups of Core Competences, Key Activities and Units of Learning Outcomes.

It is up to designers deciding which LOs can be grouped together and how the modules can be named.

Taking into account all these elements, designer will find the best solution for their localized curricula


Last modified: Thursday, 29 April 2021, 3:43 PM