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Applying the Intended Learning Outcomes

During an exam, you are evaluated on your ability to fulfill the course goals, and to what extent you are able to meet them in a satisfactory way. The examiners will base the assessment on an overall evaluation, where your performance is looked upon in its entirety.

Your examiner and the external examiner will do this based on the Intended Learning Outcomes of the course. The Intended Learning outcomes are defined in the course description in the course base.

The intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes are the objectives and goals in the course, and are defined by the SOLO taxonomy.

This taxonomy divides a number of verbs into four levels that are each individually increasing in difficulty. For example, "identify" is placed on a lower level than "reflect", which indicates how you need a better understanding of the course content in order to be able to reflect upon it.

Using the Intended Learning Outcomes to prepare for an exam

Since the Intended Learning Outcomes are used to determine your grade at the exam, you can use them in your exam preparation as well.

Use them as a guide to indicate what level you are supposed to be able to understand the course content. Are you supposed to be able to analyse a problem, or is it enough for you to be able to describe it?

If you are able to fulfill all the Intended Learning Outcomes successfully, you will receive the grade 12.

Example of Intended Learning Outcomes

After the course work, the student should be able to:

  • Explain what characterizes digital change management, and be able to contrast and discuss core models thereof
  • Account for different strategic change perspectives; when to use? how to use? and the underlying theory?
  • Examine individual motivation in relation to change, and debate the role of different personality types in relation to change
  • Apply the design theory nexus in a specific organizational setting and account for the change management planning derived from using the nexus.

Some of the important verbs that you should notice in terms of the SOLO taxonomy are highlighted with yellow.

These verbs indicate what you are expected to be able to do at your exam. For instance, you are not only supposed to be able to explain what characterizes digital change management; you should also be able to apply the design theory.


You can read more about exam preparation and study skills in the following books:

  • 'Studieteknik - eller kunsten at studere', Thomas Harboe and Jakob Ravn
  • 'Method of Study for International Students', Thomas Harboe and Rikke von Müllen

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