Course-level Student Learning Outcomes

Course-level student learning outcomes describe what students are expected to be able to know or do in a particular course. The outcomes should be outlined in the course syllabus, reviewed with students at the beginning of the course and referenced throughout the duration of the course. Course learning outcomes should be clearly stated and relate specifically to the topics, assignments, exams and other assessments in the course. The outcomes should be measurable and may contribute, or map to, program-level learning outcomes.

Writing Course-level Student Learning Outcomes

When writing course-level student learning outcomes, the use of verbs (action) is important when describing what students will be able to do or know.

For example, students will be able to:

  • Identify and summarize the important feature of major periods in the history of western culture
  • Apply important chemical concepts and principles to draw conclusions about chemical reactions
  • Describe the accounting principles used to address specific business practices
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the significance of current research in the field of psychology by writing a research paper
  • Prepare and present effective, informative and persuasive arguments

Resources for Writing Course-level Student Learning Outcomes