Design and Develop Learning Material (R6299)


This course is a SAQA unit standard-based course that teaches you how to plan, develop and design your own material and curricula, develop content for learning material and construct assessment instruments for general use and/or in line with the SETA requirements.



  • Competent in Communications at NQF level 3 and are able to use basic data gathering methods.
  • Competent at NQF level 4 to write texts for a range of communicative contexts.
  • Competent in general analysis and design techniques, and have a working knowledge of outcome-based education and training. It is also assumed that learners are able to develop learning materials based on a given design.
  • Have achieved unit standard NLRD 115753: Conduct outcomes-based assessment, or equivalent.
  • Competent in the relevant field in which Practitioners are designing assessments, or have access to subject matter experts.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret the relevant outcomes (or standards).
  • Possess a working knowledge of outcome-based education and training.

Course Accreditations

This course is accredited with ETDP Seta and each learner will have to submit a Portfolio of Evidence after the training, upon being deemed competent, the learner will receive a Certificate of Competence.

This module is based on outcomes based learning principles where delegates are responsible for their own learning with support available when required.

  • Formative Assessment – to be submitted 1 month from completion of the workshop
  • Summative Assessment – to be submitted up to 6 months from submission of the Formative Assessment

Course Outcomes

Learners will have acquired these skills upon completion of the programme and completion of successful assessment:

  • Define target audience profiles and skills gaps

  • Develop and design outcomes-based learning programmes

  • Design and develop outcomes-based assessment instruments

  • Review and evaluate the design of learning material

Course Outlines

DAY 1 – Registration

  • Discuss the principles and mechanisms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
  • Explore Outcomes-Based Education and Training (OBET) including design / assessment principles.
  • Explore the three learning domains.
  • Gather information on learning needs and conduct a basic skills audit.
  • Profile a target audience.
  • Compile a report on the results of research and audit.


  • Analyse Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Identify the application of each level of the SAQA level descriptors.
  • Discuss different learning approaches and the impact on design.
  • Explore the difference between design of instruments for RPL and design for Summative Assessment.
  • Deconstruct a unit standard and a qualification.
  • Analyse the construct of a learning outcome.


  • Define learning requirements for the assessment of Knowledge, Skill and Attitudes / Values.
  • Plan and prepare for development of learning material.
  • Define and draft learning outcomes.
  • Analyse requirements and construct a brief based on drafted learning outcomes.
  • Design the process of learning and develop the curriculum.
  • Research and compile theoretical content to support foundational competence.


  • Develop assessment guides and marking memoranda.
  • Discuss and construct moderation guides.
  • Construct an alignment matrix indicating assessment across all learning domains.
  • Compile facilitator guides.


  • Explore supporting documentation, resources and media for learning material.
  • Compile drafts of designs for distance learning, on-the-job training, classroom training, self-directed learning.
  • Pilot and evaluate learning design.
  • Review design output.
* Portfolio compilation workshop.

Who Should Attend

  • Learning and Development Practitioners.
  • Human Resource Development Practitioners.
  • Assessors and Moderators who must understand the construct and evaluation of assessment instruments.
  • Any person who wishes to design and develop learning material for use in credit-bearing courses or in non-credit bearing courses, for any learning approach or delivery method.