The dick and Carey model is a systematic approach to instructional design, focusing on the relationship between context, content, learning, and instruction. The ten steps in this model range from setting the instructional goals, analyzing the learners and context to determine learner attitudes, prior skills, and preferences, to designing the evaluation and revising content. The ultimate goal of this model is to improve instruction by improving the instructor.

Dick and Carey first introduced their Systems Approach Model back in 1978, when they published The Systematic Design of Instruction. Since then, it has been one of the most popular Instructional Design models, thanks to the fact that it views learning as a comprehensive system, rather than a variety of individual components.