In education, learning objectives are brief statements that describe what students should be able to do by the end of a unit, module, project, or lecture. In the PharmD program, learning objectives are the interim academic goals that educators establish for students who are working toward meeting more comprehensive course or curriculum level standards.
How to write Learning Objectives:
- We start with a stem. E.g. After completing the module, the student will be able to . . .
- After the stem, we add an action verb: analyze, recognize, compare, provide, list, etc. (For a list of action verbs, see below)
- Once you have a stem and an action verb, determine the actual product, process, or outcome: “After completing this module, the student will be able to outline the time-frame to develop a NP into a drug.”
Other examples from PHA5439: Principles of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology I
- Upon completion of this module, you will be able to categorize natural products by their biosynthetic origin.
- Upon completion of this module, you will be able to explain why the ocean is (one of) the most promising source of (natural products) drugs.
- Upon completion of this module, you will be able to list the unique challenges to marine drug discovery.
Action Verbs for Learning Objectives:
Retrieval and Application of Knowledge