Curriculum development

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Curriculum development projects are complex processes which require the cooperation of various different parties. Process visualisation and planning aids provide useful orientation help.


A curriculum development process may take two forms, depending on the complexity of the project.

Process CE  
Variant 1

Variant 1

Curriculum development process for new degree programmes and far-reaching revisions of the curriculum, e.g. in the framework of degree programme initiatives.

Variant 1 (PDF, 79 KB)

Process MINI CE  
Variant 2

Variant 2

Curriculum development process with no far-reaching changes to the degree programme concept, e.g. changing the number of specialisations.

Variant 2 (PDF, 68 KB)


Concepts central to curriculum development are curriculum, course unit, qualification profile and competence.

Explanations of concepts

Persons involved

Curriculum development is usually initiated by departments. In the Rectorate the process is overseen by the Vice-Rector for  Curriculum Development, with LET's assistance regarding didactic matters and project management. Curriculum development proceeds in close cooperation with the Deputy Head of Academic Services. The process descriptions above document the cooperation procedure.

Catalysts for curriculum development

The impetus for curriculum development may come from the department itself, from the Executive Board or from outside ETH. Concrete catalysts might be, for example, teaching evaluation results, alumni surveys or feedback from industry and public administration regarding the skills of ETH graduates.

Orientation aid

Projektplan Curriculumsentwicklung

The project plan curriculum development (DOCX, 47 KB) [in German only] sets out the most important steps in revising/developing the degree programme and is a valuable planning aid.


This section describes curriculum develpoment in practice at ETH Zurich. Interested parties may contact the persons involved directly for more details.

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