Curriculum design methodology

The Curriculum Design Methodology was created in 2022 to support the universities program renewal initiative and implementation of the co-operative model. This methodology provides a consistent, resourced and evidence-based approach to the design and redesigning of higher education programs and courses.

The Curriculum Design Methodology (CDM) provides evidence-based practices, guiding principles, design frameworks, resources and templates to undertake stages of program and course redesign and redevelopment. The CDM centres on a cross-functional, project-managed, facilitated approach to maximise expertise and efficiencies.

The Curriculum Design Methodology supports stages of:

  • New program design – supporting the development of a business case and curriculum case, and guiding the process of program design, and subsequent course design
  • Existing program review – guiding the collation of key business and curriculum information to enable a data-informed review of the program that will guide renewal recommendations
  • Existing program renewal – guide the process of program redesign, and any subsequent course redesign
  • Independent processes – supporting any informal or unscheduled self-review or self-renewal curriculum projects


Elements of the CDM were piloted between September – December 2022.  The Curriculum Design Methodology Manual and subsequent resources are currently being refined and will be released across February and March 2023 – watch this site for updates!

In the interim, academic teaching staff are encouraged to contact their  Institute/CAD Learning Design team .