Blooms Taxonomy for Course Objectives

Course objectives are brief statements that describe what students will be expected to learn by the end of the course. They are intended to help reviewers better understand the course and to evaluate its content. Course objectives may also be used in the accreditation process for your Department, School or the UCSF campus.  Course objectives are not included in the Course Catalog.

Avoid writing objectives that are ambiguous or difficult for an instructor or student to measure. Avoid verbs that are open to many interpretations such as "understand" or "learn."

1. Write objectives in a numbered list.

2. Quantity of objectives should be measurable to the amount of units for a course.  As an average, write 4-6 objectives. If necessary, consolidate objectives to have a more concise list with broader topics that are specifically related to the content of the course.

3. Write each objective as though it could complete the phrase:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to …
        "Demonstrate techniques/skill/proficiency in ..."
        "Identify the key components of ..."
        "Analyze and apply information related to ..."
        "Develop strategies for ..."