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Course Match Prior Learning Assessment

​​​​​​Course Match PLA

Course Match Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is for students in credit-based programs

  • BA in Applied Behavioral Studies (DCM)
  • BA in Leadership Studies (DCM)
  • BA in Decision Analytics
  • BA in Professional Studies – Business Administration
  • BA in Professional Studies – Computing
  • BA in Healthcare Administration
  • BA in Nonprofit Management

Students pursuing these degrees can demonstrate learning related to the learning outcomes of a specific course. Credit can be awarded if Course Match PLA submission meets college level learning and demonstrates connection between their knowledge and experience.

Students select a course in their degree program (not a residency requirement) or a current course from another department at DePaul that matches college-level learning gained from their experience (knowledge or demonstrable skills). If you are interested in matching to a non-SCPS course, please contact OPLA (​). Evidence can be a paper or oral presentation that relates personal or professional experience to the ideas of others, cited in the paper or presentation. In addition, supplemental artifacts such as work products may be submitted.  If you have not previously completed PLA, you are encouraged to take the RPL 101 – Prior Learning Assessment class.

A $150 fee will be charged upon submission to The PLA submission (form and evidence) will be sent to a content expert in a related field who will determine whether the student has demonstrated the learning outcomes of the course. Students will receive an email notifying them of the content expert’s assessment decision.​

Time Considerations

  • ​Students who plan to graduate in Spring Quarter 2022 should have submitted all PLA projects by October 27, 2021.​
  • In Autumn Quarter, passing submissions received after October 27, 2021 will not appear on student records until Winter Quarter.
  • Students should submit all PLA no later than 2 quarters before their planned graduation. 

Course Match PLA Resources

Course Match PLA Examples


Course Match Submission Form

Course Match 


BADM 340 – Implementing Corporate Training Programs

BADM 340 Form

BADM 340 Essay

DCM 302 – Project Management

DCM 302 Form

DCM 302 Essay

Assessment Criteria

Content experts will use this rubric to assess Course Match PLA submissions. Submissions need to demonstrate college-level learning through experience, knowledge, and connection in the context of a course’s learning outcomes.  


Meets College-Level Learning 

​Approaching College-level Learning

Does ​​​​​ Not Meet College-level Learning


Communicates relevant explanation of personal and/or professional experience related to learning outcome(s).

Explanation of experience is comprehensive and detailed.  There is a clear relationship between the description of the experience and the learning outcome(s).

Explanation of experience is simplistic and incomplete. Explanation of relationship between experience and learning outcome(s) is superficial.

Explanation of the experience is unclear and non-specific.  The relationship between the experience and the learning outcome(s) is non-existent or irrelevant.


Understands relevant theories, models, or best practices related to learning outcome(s).  Demonstrates understanding of relationship among relevant theories, models, or best practices.

Explanation describes theoretical underpinnings of relevant concepts and provides analysis (compares/contrasts) with other relevant ideas.  Explanation demonstrates critique of strengths/weaknesses of ideas.  Scholarly evidence is appropriate.

Explanation is at a basic level and focuses on summarizing a single theory through factual description. Limited evidence of understanding theories in relationship to one another.  Scholarly evidence is inappropriate or incomplete.

Lack of evidence or incomplete understanding of relevant theories.  Lack of evidence of scholarly investigation and understanding of knowledge related to learning outcome(s).  


Demonstrates understanding of experience in relationship to broader body of knowledge.  Can apply knowledge to experience.  Provides self-assessment of experience in relationship to knowledge.

Comprehensive explanation of how the experience fits into the appropriate knowledge base.  Explanation provides detailed self-reflection and critique of personal performance within the experience in relationship to knowledge gained. Assesses how to utilize knowledge to improve outcome of experience. 

Superficial level of self-reflection that recognizes basic level of relationship between experience and body of knowledge but is unable to critique or adequately explain the significance of the connection.

Lack of understanding of how experience relates to broader body of knowledge.  Lack of understanding that experience is situated within body of knowledge. Lack of application of knowledge to experience.