Competency-based teaching and curriculum

Welcome! This UNIPS module will introduce you to the theories and practices of competency-based teaching. The fundamental purpose of the module is to help university teachers and doctoral students to develop their pedagogical expertise further.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: After this module, you should be able to:

  1. Develop your teaching according to the principals of competency-based teaching
  2. Understand the meaning of learning outcomes as a part of copetency-based curriculum
  3. Recognise, what subject specific and generic competences student are supposed to learn during your course

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Self-study materials

The learning material of this course consists of five learning videos and a set of relevant articles. All the materials can be found here below and they are open for self-education.


The following videos will familiarise you with the following concepts:

  1. Competency-based teaching and learning
  2. Learning outcomes
  3. Competences
  4. Curriculum mapping as a tool for curriculum development
  5. Assessment in competency-based learning

Videos 1 and 5 will be published soon!


  1. Voorhees, R. A. 2001. Competency-Based Learning Models: A Necessary Future. New Directions for Institutional Research 2001(110), 5-13.
  2. Murtonen, M., Gruber, H. & Lehtinen, E. 2017. The return of behaviourist epistemology: A review of learning outcomes studies. Educational Research Review 22, 114-128.
  3. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. 2012. National Research Council. Washington: The National Academic Press.
  4. Uchiyama, K. P. & Radin, J. L. 2009. Curriculum Mapping in Higher Education: A Vehicle for Collaboration. Innovative Higher Education 33(4), 271-280.
  5. González, J. & Wagenaar, R. (ed.) 2008. Universities´contribution to the Bologna Process. An introduction. 2nd Edition. Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto. Pages 91-99.


Guided study

Contact your own University for information regarding guided studies based on the materials.

This one credit module will be piloted in Tampere University of Technology (TUT) during autumn 2018. The successful completion of this course requires that you study the learning materials and do the tasks, that are determined by the university. Further details about the tasks and how to study this module can be found in TUT's Moodle, which we are going to use as the second learning platform of this module.


Content: Sara Selänne, Tampere University; Eila Pajarre, Tampere University & Mari Murtonen, University of Turku