Curriculum Development in South African Higher Education Institutions: Key Considerations


  • Cosmas Maphosa
  • Ndileleni P Mudzielwana
  • Lufuno Netshifhefhe


Core business in a university centres on curriculum. Teaching, learning, assessment and university products all have a bearing on curriculum. In this discussion paper, the researchers engage in theoretical underpinnings of curriculum development in universities in South Africa. The paper is hinged on the realisation that meaningful curriculum development is only possible if academic staff member have a thorough understanding of curriculum, curriculum design principles and processes. Such understanding should be informed by theory. In this paper, the researchers consider curriculum, curriculum orientations and the role of learning outcomes in curriculum development. Important and key considerations in module/course design are discussed and relevant examples given. The issue of alignment, as an important aspect of module/course design, is also explained and exemplified. Conclusions and recommendations are made.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n7p355


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Maphosa, C., Mudzielwana, N. P., & Netshifhefhe, L. (2014). Curriculum Development in South African Higher Education Institutions: Key Considerations. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(7), 355. Retrieved from