We have seen that it is important that the learning outcomes, instructional activities and assessment methods match. It is amazing how many times these three key components may sound alike but actually represent totally different end products.

On this screen we will look at examples of good and bad practice and offer you a strategy for interrogating this aspect of your course in more detail. Analyzing your course in this manner may seem like hard work, but understanding the big picture will make your marking and feedback more consistent.

What makes for a coherent course?

In the activity below, you will see some examples of hypothetical sets of learning outcomes, instruction and assessments. For some, the instructor has done a good job of creating a coherent group; for others the coherence is not strong. Which of the sequences below would qualify as coherent? Indicate your view by selecting the 'check' (for coherence) or the 'cross' (for lack of coherence), then read the feedback.

Putting your own course to the test

In the activity below, click through the steps to see a process for critiquing the coherence of one of your own courses.

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Once you've got a good idea about the course outcomes, you are ready to move on to choosing the actual marking criteria you're going to use.