Goals, Outcomes and Objectives

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

In order to meet course learning outcomes, we work with measurable, module-level objectives. Objectives are the actions that students should be able to complete upon completion of the module. Objectives are often structured the same way in every course: Upon completion of this module, students will … which is then followed by one of the Bloom’s Taxonomy verbs and the specific identifiers and limiters that help students know their goals and help faculty create appropriate assessments.

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Outcomes vs. Objectives

Writing Learning Objectives Handout [Tufts Univ.]

Verb for Writing Objectives (using Bloom's Taxonomy)

Writing SMART Learning Objectives [UNCW]

Effective Use of Performance Objectives [UNM School of Medicine]

Writing Module Level Objectives [UNC Charlotte]

Principles of Effective Course Design