Strong Foundations, Keystones and Cornerstones should be established early in the design process through careful consideration of course content, including subject knowledge, theory and skills alongside contextualised generic elements such as academic skills and research methods.
In this section we look at the expectations for how course content is identified, structured, and presented.
It is important that the course team develop a clear shared vision of their intended course that they can use to guide their developmental and design decisions, and to communicate their intentions to stakeholders. This may need to be expressed slightly differently (with particular emphasises) for different audiences but all such portrayals should be true to the shared vision.
For a course team beginning a course design process, it is likely that this overall vision will evolve as the team consider various aspects of course development, whilst teams seeking to review and enhance existing course designs may already have existing visions in place, although quite often these are tacit and teams would benefit from activity to draw out a vision they can agree on.