A Bottom-Up Approach to Developing LLB Course Outcomes and an Integrated Curriculum

Posted: 13 Apr 2011

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Normann Witzleb

Monash University - Faculty of Law; The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Natalie Skead

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In 2006, the Law School at the University of Western Australia embarked on a Curriculum Review of its LLB degree. Central elements of the Review were the identification of graduate outcomes and the mapping and integration of those outcomes appropriately and progressively across the degree. This paper considers the process of undertaking this aspect of the Curriculum Review and describes the results achieved. A bottom-up approach was adopted starting with the development, refinement and statement of student learning outcomes at the level of individual units and progressing to the identification of student learning outcomes at the various year levels. From this data, the school endeavoured to identify those outcomes that required more and/or less focus through the degree and in so doing ensure that the integration of outcomes in the degree is progressive and comprehensive. The results of this exercise informed the formulation of the Course Student Learning Outcomes Statement and Graduate Attributes Statement and will further assist in other aspects of the Curriculum Review, for example, the introduction of new core units and the alignment of assessments with outcomes at unit and year level.

Keywords: LLB, JD, Curriculum review, learning outcomes, graduate attributes

JEL Classification: K00, A00, A29

Suggested Citation

Witzleb, Normann and Witzleb, Normann and Skead, Natalie, A Bottom-Up Approach to Developing LLB Course Outcomes and an Integrated Curriculum (2009). The Law Teacher, Vol. 43, No. 62, 2009, Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009/35, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1808410

Normann Witzleb (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3800
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong ( email )

6/F, Lee Shau Kee Building
Shatin, New Territories
Kowloon, Sha Tin
Hong Kong

Natalie Skead

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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