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Graduate attributes

At the completion of their degree in Engineering or Information Technology, students should demonstrate developed technical knowledge appropriate to their major plus the graduate attributes below.

These attributes have been developed by the faculty using:

They incorporate the accreditation requirements of faculty-appropriate professional societies and the university, and recognise the professional, academic and personal needs of students, the community, employers and industry.

Needs, context and systems

Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs. Graduates should be able to:

  1. identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs
  2. establish priorities and goals
  3. identify constraintsuncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business, etc)
  4. apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems, and
  5. apply systems thinking to understand complex system behavior including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business, etc).

Problem solving and design

Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired. Graduates should be able to:

  1. identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies
  2. design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications
  3. synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
  4. apply decision making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
  5. implement and test solutions, and
  6. demonstrate research skills.

Abstraction and modelling

Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualisation inform decision making, and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences. Graduates should be able to:

  1. apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
  2. develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices, and
  3. evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations.


Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and life-long learning. Graduates should be able to:

  1. manage their own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (manage self), and
  2. reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning.

Communication and coordination

Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions. Graduates should be able to:

  1. communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
  2. work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting, and
  3. identify and apply relevant project management methodologies.

Professional practice within global context

Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally diverse workplaces and a changing global environment. Graduates should:

  1. be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation against appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
  2. appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
  3. understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces), and
  4. be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications).