Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) has six Graduate Attributes (GA) that apply to all courses across the Faculty. These are:
- professional readiness
- critical and creative inquiry
- international and intercultural engagement
- Indigenous competencies
- active citizenship
- effective communication
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) for all Undergraduate and Postgraduate International Studies and Communication courses have been developed and are aligned to all core subjects. The Learning Outcomes for Teacher Education courses are being aligned with the new National Professional Standards.
FASS is also focusing on embedding new content around Indigenous competencies into its courses, and doing so in innovative ways that have proved to broaden the knowledge and perspectives of students. One subject in the BA Communication has been completely overhauled, using cultural safety protocols to create a collaborative learning community. A working group is creating a resource pack for staff, and reintroducing yarning circles and staff forums to develop staff engagement in teaching and assessing Indigenous competencies.
UTS Business School
All UTS Business School courses have a set of GAs and program learning objectives (equivalent to course intended learning outcomes). The GAs are:
- business knowledge and concepts
- critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills
- communication and interpersonal skills
- attitudes and values
- business practice oriented skills
To complement these attributes, the UTS Business School has established processes for assurance of learning and achievement of GAs that are aligned to the requirements for accreditation by the Association for Advancement of Colleges and Schools of Business (AACSB).
The UTS Business School is using working groups on sustainability, ethics, internationalisation and research to investigate and identify ways of strengthening the presence of these attributes across their courses.
Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building
The Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building has developed a common set of five graduate attribute categories that have been accepted across all three Schools. The acronym CAPRI is being used to encourage staff and students to remember and apply these five categories of GA development:
- C = Communication and Group work
- A = Attitudes and Values
- P = Practical and Professional
- R = Research and Critique
- I = Innovation and Creativity
These attribute categories were developed through a series of staff meetings together with student consultations through focus groups and questionnaires. Through student collaboration, the Faculty has developed a web-based animation to communicate to students the importance of GA development, which is available on YouTube.
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
In the Faculty of Engineering and IT GAs have been developed, based on the ALTC (2010) Engineering and ICT Learning and Teaching threshold learning outcomes (TLOs) and the UTS Model of Learning. Extensive industry consultation was used to confirm the relevance of the graduate attributes. The GAs are contextualised for each discipline in the CILOs, which have been mapped to the requirements of professional accreditation bodies. The FEIT GAs are:
- needs, context and systems
- problem solving and design
- abstraction and modelling
- communication and coordination
- professional practice within global context
Faculty of Health
In the Faculty of Health, program teams have taken a strong commitment to 'whole of program' approaches to curriculum development as well as learning and teaching practices. Program-specific GAs and CILOs have been developed for Midwifery, Sport and Exercise Science, Nursing, Postgraduate programs (Health) and then some specific Postgraduate programs including Health Services Management and Child and Family Health Nursing. This has been achieved alongside extensive whole of course and subject reviews. An example of a program-specific (Midwifery) set of GAs are:
- women-centred care
- professional competence
- professional engagement
The Faculty has made strong use of consultations with industry and key stakeholders, and aims to continue these connections with an aim to increase student participation and feedback over coming months. In addition to program working teams, the Faculty has established 3 working parties on Indigenous cultural competency, English language and e-Portfolios. A significant outcome has been the development of a Faculty level graduate attribute for Indigenous cultural competency i.e. graduates have professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness.
The Faculty of Health has developed a set of web-based animations (available on You Tube) to communicate to students the importance of GA development in their chosen course e.g.
Faculty of Law
In the Faculty of Law, new GAs for Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses have been developed to reflect AQF standards and ALTC (2010) threshold learning outcomes and are now in place. All courses have CILOs and all subjects have Subject Learning Objectives (SLOs). The Undergraduate attributes are:
- legal knowledge
- ethics and professional responsibility
- critical analysis and evaluation
- research skills
- communication and collaboration
Working parties have defined introductory, intermediate and advanced levels of achievement for each Undergraduate GA and developed SLOs for each of these. The aim is to provide Law students with authentic learning environments informed by professional practice. These processes also serve to engage academics with the process of embedding GAs.
Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science has taken a broad, Faculty-wide approach, with each school supported to develop a discipline-specific set of learning outcomes for their courses and majors. GAs have been refined, clarified and benchmarked against the ALTC (2010) science threshold learning outcomes. An active “First Year in Science” community of practice has been established, to foster improvement in first year transition. The GAs are:
- disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
- an enquiry-oriented approach
- professional skills and their appropriate application
- the ability to be a lifelong learner
- engagement with the needs of society
- communication skills
- initiative and innovative ability