Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM311: Principles and Practices of Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Eight sessions of 2 hours each. The course is delivered in eight weeks;

  • Definitions of curriculum and syllabus; broad and narrow definitions, and the relationship between syllabus and curriculum.
  • A consideration of various aspects of syllabus design and the roles of different participants in these.
  • The role of needs analysis in the curriculum development process
  • An introduction to different approaches to syllabus design and underpinning theories of learning and language – including an examination of process and product orientated syllabuses and structural, procedural and negotiated syllabuses.
  • The role of materials
  • The role of testing and evaluation
  • The role of programme evaluation and critical issues in curriculum and syllabus design
  • Reflective discussion of student-led presentations on syllabi from different parts of the world

Assignment: Description and analysis of own syllabus in view of the elements of language syllabus discussed during this module. Critical reflection on elements of one's programme and discussion of suggested changes.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities15lectures and seminars
Guided independent study15directed reading
Guided independent study80self-study
Guided independent study40assignment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).