Curriculum mapping in program assessment and evaluation

Cecilia M. Plaza, Jo Laine Reierson Draugalis, Marion K. Slack, Grant H. Skrepnek, Karen Ann Sauer

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Objectives. To demonstrate a curriculum mapping technique and its use in program evaluation and assessment, as well as to provide specific recommendations for potential uses in pharmacy education. Methods. This study employed a descriptive cross-sectional study design based on a learning outcomes document and several existing student and curricular data sets. Results. The population consisted of 209 PharmD students at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (UACOP) during the 2004-2005 academic year and mapped 31 of the 34 required didactic courses in the curriculum. There was concordance between student and faculty member ranking of domain coverage in their respective curricular maps. Conclusions. The agreement between the student and faculty graphical curriculum maps on the order of the ranking of the relative emphasis of each domain suggests concordance between the intended/delivered and received curriculums. This study demonstrated a curriculum mapping methodology that can be used to both make sense and use of existing data in curricular evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Curriculum mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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