Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development Consultation

Curriculum Development Specialists support program and course development initiatives by providing educational guidance and leadership. They safeguard academic integrity by ensuring that programs and courses meet or exceed institutional requirements, accreditation standards and industry needs.

The Curriculum Specialist:

  • Plays a major role in facilitating consultations and ensuring the curriculum development process meets Marine Institute standards and academic approval process timelines.
  • Works collaboratively with the School Head, Assitant Head, Program Coordinator, Program Chair, faculty members and other stakeholders to facilitate curriculum development and revision processes such as:
    • Graduate profile identification and/or development.
    • Development of the program content and structure.
    • Defining program admission criteria, resource requirements and implications.
    • Development of course outlines (including, but not limited to, learning objectives, prerequisites and evaluation standards).
  • Prepares the documentation for submission to the relevant committee(s) for approval.

A Curriculum Development Specialist will be assigned to provide you with the "roadside" assistance to get you through the following processes:

  1. New Programs
    New program opportunities may be identified through labour market analysis, needs analysis, occupational analysis, and/or customer requests. New programs must align with the Marine Institute’s mandate and academic vision and demonstrate viability based on resource requirements. The process for New Program development is found under ISO procedure PRO-02.
  2. Program Revision
    Program review, changes to labour market/occupational standards, and new regulatory requirements can lead to program revision(s). Prior to pursuing any substantial changes to a program, approval must first be obtained from the MI Academic Working Group and, when required, the MI Executive. The process for program revision is under ISO procedure PRO-02.
  3. Program Review
    Program review is an integral part of the Marine Institute’s quality assurance process for all programs. This process ensures that programs continue to be relevant by determining where improvements can or should be made, and suggests actions to implement improvements. The process for program review is under ISO procedure PRO-03.
  4. Course Development or Revision
    Course outlines are the Marine Institute’s learning contract with students. New courses or changes to existing courses result from the development of new programs, the review of existing programs or courses (Program Review), the reorganization of courses in programs, regulatory requirements and changes, or customer requests.The process for course development or revision is under ISO procedure PRO-01.
The Curriculum Development Process

MI Certificate and Diploma Programs and Courses

Curriculum Form

Sample Forms


New Program New Program  Form 1 Flow Chart 1

Program Revision

Changes to Existing Programs

 Form 2

New Course

New Course in a Program

 Form 3 Flowchart2 Courses

Course Revision

Changes to Existing Courses in a Program

 Form 4
New Industry Response Course New Industry Response Courses  Form 5

Flowchart3 Industry Response

Industry Response Course Revision

Changes to Existing Industry Response Courses

 Form 6

MI Undergraduate Degree Programs and Courses

Curriculum changes for new and existing degree programs and courses must follow the guidelines outlined by Memorial University’s Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies:

MI Graduate Degree Programs and Courses

Curriculum changes for new and existing degree programs and courses must follow the guidelines outlined by Memorial University’s Graduate Studies Committee:

  • Graduate Program Proposal Guidelines
  • New Graduate Program Proposal Template
  • Request for Approval of a Graduate Course


The committees responsible for approving programs and courses at different levels include Industry Response Committee, MI Undergraduate Studies Committee, MI Graduate Studies Committee, Academic Council, MUN Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies, MUN Graduate Studies Committee and MUN Senate. Each of the these committees has set deadlines and requirements for submissions. Curriculum Specialists will guide the process to ensure these deadlines are met.

Developing a Curriculum (DaCUM) Procedure

The DaCUM procedure is a curriculum development model that may be employed in conjunction with an occupational analysis workshop to create a comprehensive curriculum both on a macro and micro scale. Our curriculum specialists can provide an overview of the model along with its varied advantages, benefits and purposes.

Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) Practices

CBET is an approach to education and training that starts with academic standards and desired competencies. In this approach occupational standards are the basis for the development of learning objectives and are kept in mind throughout the curriculum mapping process. The overall goal is to create a curriculum which will produce competent and productive individuals.

To learn more or to request support, contact the for consultation.