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