Designing Curriculum and Learning Materials (5 Day Course)

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To build capacity of curriculum and learning materials designers within the public service. Curriculum designers will use
critical thinking and reflection to challenge existing training and development paradigms in order to design curriculum
and develop learning materials that are outcomes based, contextualized for the public service and linked to the relevant
Education, Training and Development Quality Management System (ETD QMS). In addition, the design and development of
curriculum and programmes will take into account the transformation agenda and strategic objectives of the public service.

Target Group

Target beneficiaries for this course are public service staff and associates who are responsible for the design, development
and/or customisation of curriculum and learning materials for the public service. More specifically, the programme is intended for practitioners whose roles include:

  1. Curriculum planning and design,
  2. Learning materials development,
  3. Curriculum and programme review, and
  4. Management of curriculum projects.

Minimum Requirements for Enrolment

It is assumed that learners enrolling for this course:

  1. Have a working knowledge of outcome-based education and training and are able to communicate in writing at NQF
    level 5, which is equivalent to a post matric certificate.
  2. Are already competent in general analysis and design techniques.
  3. Are able to develop learning materials based on a given design.
  4. Will receive the necessary organisational support for workplace learning and performance.

Pre-course work

In preparation for the course learners are required to complete the following actions, prior to attendance of the course.
Action 1: Essential Reading: Learners are required to read through the Pre-attendance Readings. The Pre-attendance
Readings will be sent (e-mailed) to accepted learners two (2) weeks prior to the commencement of the course. The
information contained in these documents will form the basis of your learning throughout the course
Action 2: Pre-attendance Activity: Learners are required to complete the Pre-attendance Activity as part of their
preparation for the course. The Pre-attendance Readings and Activity will sent (e-mailed) to accepted learners two (2)
weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
NOTE: Learners must notify their supervisors/managers in order to support them on this journey. In so doing they will be
able to successfully complete this course and take the learning back to their workplace. To this end the availability of time,
resources and an enabling environment will benefit both learners and their department.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  1. Examine the influence that perspectives, mind sets and paradigms have had on training and development over time
    in order to make informed choices about curriculum and related instructional strategies;
  2. Explain how to design and develop materials that are aligned to the public service pursuit for training and development
    program that are equitable in terms of race, gender, disability and geographic location;
  3. Explain the relevance and importance of training needs analysis within the Learning Provision Cycle as a means to
    identifying, designing and delivering learning that is both relevant to the public service and that results in significant
    and meaningful learning outcomes to enhance the competence of public service employees;
  4. Examine the relevance, importance and challenges of outcomes based curriculum design within the Learning Provision
    Cycle and the public service context;
  5. Design an outcomes based curriculum for a specific learning area, that meets ETD QMS and relevant ETQA
    standards and that result in credible interventions to accelerate skills development and progress towards achieving
    the transformation agenda of the public service; and
  6. Develop and evaluate learning activities according to the design strategy and specifications that result in the
    achievement of intended learning outcomes.


This course is accredited and aligned to the following SAQA Unit Standards:
1) 123401, Design outcomes-based learning programs, pitched at NQF Level 6, with 15 credits.
2) 123394, Develop outcomes-based learning programs, pitched at NQF Level 5, with 10 credits.

A Certificate of Competence will be issued upon successful completion of the course, including the summative assessment.

Assessment Approach

The course follows an integrated assessment approach comprising:

  1. Pre-attendance Reading and Activity; and
  2. Formative assessment activities will be conducted during training delivery; and
  3. Summative Assessment: A portfolio of evidence, for formal summative assessment, is required which includes:
    – Knowledge questions to assess learner foundational knowledge,
    – Practical tasks to assess learner ability to analyse and evaluate the design, and develop learning program, and
    – Workplace tasks to assess learner ability to practically implement the design and development processes.
  4. A qualified assessor will assess the Portfolio of Evidence. The Portfolio of Evidence will then be verified by an internal
    and external moderator. Participants have ten (10) weeks to complete the workplace assignment and submit a
    Portfolio of Evidence.


The course is presented over five (5) working days.

Course Features

  • Lectures 0
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 50 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 0
  • Certificate No
  • Assessments Yes

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