n South African Journal of Higher Education - Re-engineering the curriculum at a rural institution : reflection on the process of development




The Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus) redesigned their curriculum at the beginning of 2010. The template that was developed shows the horizontal and vertical integration of outcomes. Although the outcomes of the entire process met the requirements of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the level descriptors of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (2007), the development process did not go without difficulties. This article describes the process of re-engineering the curriculum and critically reflects on the problems encountered. Results obtained from questionnaires reflected the opinions of the staff members with regard to problems experienced, but also the gains made in terms of personal growth, as well as the benefits for teaching and learning. The experiences gained from re-engineering the curriculum enabled the authors to make recommendations to overcome challenges when attempting the process of curriculum development in future.


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