Design process

The student is at the centre of our approach to designing learning and teaching at CSU. We design learning experiences that meet the needs of both our students and the current and future workforce.

Course design is an essential component of Charles Sturt’s Education Framework.

The course design process supports our strategy for learning and the student experience. It's aligned to rich learning engagement that incorporates:

  • inclusive practice
  • interaction with technology
  • authentic assessment.

Charles Sturt Curriculum model

The Charles Sturt Curriculum Model provides the practical ‘how-to’ for professional and academic teams to design, deliver and support exceptional learning experiences. The model addresses our student needs and strategic initiatives represented in a Charles Sturt curriculum and identifies key areas of focus for development as areas of excellence. It includes:

  • course design principles
  • subject design principles
  • assessment design principles

Learn more about the Charles Sturt Curriculum model

Curriculum Design, Accreditation and Publication

Our new Curriculum Design, Accreditation and Publication (CDAP) system replaces previous systems such as CASIMS. It will enhance learner engagement by providing:

  • oversight of course and subject curriculum structures
  • increased visibility of curriculum processes
  • oversight of assessment types (including group work) and assessment level mapping
  • opportunity for collaboration with the Division of Library Services to design and approve resources as embedded in subjects
  • mapping of subjects to courses (from June 2022)
  • implement a revised Comprehensive Course Review and Annual Course Health Check to incorporate indicators of learner engagement.

Learn more about CDAP staff resources

Learn more about the CDAP Project

Curriculum Architectures

Curriculum architectures are the structural elements that underpin and define curriculum components. Our Curriculum Architecture Principles (CAPs) are an element of the curriculum model in the Education Framework. Applying these principles ensure courses align to our strategic objectives and regulatory requirements. They also guide effective course design and governance and support academic quality.

Learn more about the Curriculum Architecture Principles

Graduate Learning Outcomes

The Graduate Learning Outcomes are a set of expected learning outcomes. These assist course teams in aligning standards, course & subject outcomes, and assessment.

Learn more about the Graduate Learning Outcomes

Pedagogical approaches

We draw on various pedagogical approaches when designing and teaching our subjects and courses. We emphasise learning experiences that actively involve students and encourage them to develop and apply their knowledge to real-world problems.

We use pedagogical approaches that encourage students to both 'say' and 'do' what they have learned. These may include:

  • project based learning
  • inquiry learning
  • experiential learning
  • scenario based learning.

These approaches encourage students to actively create and apply their knowledge, instead of passively receiving information, and better prepare our students for their future professional careers.

Leading online learning

As online education leaders, we understand that students often choose online learning because it offers a flexible approach to education. Our online and blended subjects are underpinned by:

  • a variety of contemporary digital pedagogies
  • the features and benefits of current and emerging technologies.

Where appropriate, we also draw on specific pedagogical approaches that acknowledge indigenous ways of knowing and teaching.