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32 resources found for ‘generic graduate attributes’.

The National Graduate Attributes Project: integration and assessment of graduate attributes in curriculum

Simon Barrie, Clair Hughes, Calvin Smith
The University of Sydney
2009
The University of Sydney
Griffith, UQ
Final Report Download Document (818.73 KB)

The National Graduate Attributes Project Issues papers

Simon Barrie, Clair Hughes, Calvin Smith
The University of Sydney
2009
The University of Sydney

Introductory Commentary

This resource forms part of a larger collection.  It is recommended that readers refer also to:

1.  http://www.itl.usyd.edu.au/projects/nationalgap/resources/gamap/introduction.htm
and
2. http://www.itl.usyd.edu.au/projects/nationalgap/resources/videos.htm

This is a collection of eight issues to consider in the renewal of learning and teaching experiences.

The National Graduate Attributes Project (GAP), a national scoping study of Australian Universities' recent activities in relation to the development of graduate attributes underpins the project.

The papers provide an introduction to each of the key elements identified as being important for universities to consider when engaging in curriculum renewal to achieve graduate attributes. Each paper is short and points to additional references. The eight elements of the institutional framework are not independent and recommended by the authors to be read in sequence. The papers are presented as starting points for reflection.

The eight papers focus on (1) Conceptualisation, (2) Stakeholders, (3) Implementation, (4) Curriculum, (5) Assessment, (6) Quality Assurance, (7) Staff Development, and (8) Student Centred. They are most helpful to those involved in considering whole of institution (or faculty) approaches to Graduate Attributes implementation. They make a good starting point and are easily downloadable separately or as one PDF document.

Graduate attributes statements database

Simon Barrie, Clair Hughes, Calvin Smith
The University of Sydney
2009
The University of Sydney

 

Introductory Commentary

This resource forms part of a larger collection.  It is recommended that readers refer also to:

1.  http://www.itl.usyd.edu.au/projects/nationalgap/resources/discussionpapers.htm
and
2. http://www.itl.usyd.edu.au/projects/nationalgap/resources/videos.htm

This is one of the outcomes of the National GAP (Graduate Attributes Project), a national scoping study of Australian universities' recent activities in relation to the development of graduate attributes. It is an aggregation of de-identified university graduate attributes statements, gathered in 2007-08. The statements were sorted into groups describing similar graduate attributes. They are presented as 'Enabling' level attributes (broader dispositions: scholarship, global citizenship, life-long learning) and 'Translation' level (more discrete, discipline-specific attributes: research and enquiry; information literacy; personal and intellectual autonomy; ethical, social and professional understanding and communication).

The boundaries between categories are artificial and some relate to more than one category.

This web resource includes a clickable visual map showing these eight subcategories. Links take the user to an aggregation of university statements of attributes -- for example, when universities include an attribute related to critical thinking, here are examples of how they phrase that statement. Even though these were gathered in 2007-08, they are unlikely to date -- the database shows the similarities and differences in statements.

This is a useful resource for those considering reviewing their attributes. It also shows the broad emphases in attributes across the sector.

Shaping a Desired Future for Australian Business Education

Patrick Boyle, Q Associates
The University of Sydney
2008
The University of Sydney
Case Study Download Document (50.11 KB)

The role of honours in contemporary Australian higher education

Margaret Kiley, David Boud, Robert Cantwell, Catherine Manathunga
The Australian National University
2009
The Australian National University
UoN, UQ, UTS
Final report Download Document (620.16 KB)

Good Practice Report: Assuring Graduate Outcomes

Beverley Oliver
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited
2011
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited

This good practice report, commissioned by the ALTC, provides a summative evaluation of useful outcomes and good practices from ALTC projects and fellowships on assuring graduate outcomes. The report contains:

  • a summative evaluation of the good practices and key outcomes for teaching and learning from completed ALTC projects and fellowships
  • a literature review of the good practices and key outcomes for teaching and learning from national and international research
  • the proposed outcomes and resources for teaching and learning which will be produced by current incomplete ALTC projects and fellowships
  • identifies areas in which further work or development are appropriate.
ALTC Good Practice Report Download Document (680.59 KB)

Understanding Architectural Education in Australasia

Professor Michael J. Ostwald, Associate Professor Anthony Williams
The University of Newcastle
2008
The University of Newcastle
Volume 1: An Analysis of Architecture Schools, Programs, Academics and Students 2008 (The University of Newcastle) Download Document (29.15 MB)
Volume 2: Results and Recommendations 2008 (The University of Newcastle) Download Document (576.42 KB)

Business as usual: A collaborative investigation of existing resources, strengths, gaps and challenges to be addressed for sustainability in teaching and learning in Australian university business faculties

Mark Freeman, Phil Hancock, Lyn Simpson, Chris Sykes
The University of Sydney
2008
The University of Sydney

A national soil science curriculum in response to the needs of students, academic staff, industry, and the wider community

Damien Field, Tony Koppi, Lorna Jarrett, Alex McBratney, Lyn Abbott, Cameron Grant, Peter Kopittke, Neal Menzies, Tony Weatherley
The University of Sydney
2012
The University of Sydney
The University of Adelaide, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia
Final Report Download Document (1.65 MB)
Evaluation Report Download Document (1.29 MB)

Role of Graduate Attributes in Emerging Institutional Quality Assurance Processes video

Simon Barrie, Clair Hughes, Calvin Smith
The University of Sydney
2009
The University of Sydney
Griffith, UQ

Introductory Commentary

This resource forms part of a larger collection.  It is recommended that readers refer also to:

1.  http://www.itl.usyd.edu.au/projects/nationalgap/resources/gamap/introduction.htm
and
2. http://www.itl.usyd.edu.au/projects/nationalgap/resources/discussionpapers.htm

This 13-minute video is titled "Role of Graduate Attributes in Emerging Institutional Quality Assurance Processes" by Dr Jeanette Baird, Australian Universities Quality Agency, and produced as part of the National Graduate Attributes Project (2007-08) which explores curriculum renewal strategies to achieve graduate attributes in Australian universities.

The video provides a quality assurance perspective on how universities (and higher education institutions, HEIs) implement Graduate Attributes. Dr Baird suggests there are two overall questions that HEIs should ask: "How do you know that graduates achieve the Graduate Attributes?" and "What improvements to students' learning outcomes have resulted from these Graduate Attributes?". Evidence is required to support HEIs' claims about Graduate Attributes.

Dr Baird then goes on to three specific areas: (1) alignment between Graduate Attributes and HEI's institutional objectives; (2) curriculum review and implementation through mapping and contextualisation; and (3) internationalisation. Other topics include (briefly): employer feedback; CEQ Generic Skills results as a proxy for Graduate Attribute achievement; curriculum mapping and the reflection required in relation to assessment; the challenges of internationalisation and Australian HEIs; consistency of the student experience across campus. Underlying this approach is the OADRI framework (Objectives, Approach, Deploy, Review and Improve).

This resource is particularly useful and relevant to those considering a whole of institution approach and deployment of Graduate Attributes implementation in the curriculum, as well as internal and external quality assurance. It is clearly presented and to the point. The video is easily accessible to most users, and plays within the web page and on most browsers.

Embedding the development and grading of generic skills across the business curriculum: Final Report

Tori Vu, Brendan Rigby, Glyn Mather
Macquarie University
2011
Macquarie University

This project identified and disseminated several current models of embedding graduate skills in business programs around Australia. An intensive workshop model of embedding graduates skills was developed and trialled. Practical teaching and learning resources on teamwork, critical thinking, ethical practice and sustainability were developed and may be found on the project website.

Australian Catholic University, Edith Cowan University, La Trobe University, University of Canberra, University of Southern Queensland, University of Tasmania
Final Report Download Document (1.95 MB)

Facilitating staff and student engagement with graduate attribute development, assessment and standards in Business faculties

Tracy Taylor, Darrall Thompson, Lucille Clements, Lynette Simpson, Andrew Paltridge, Marty Fletcher, Mark Freeman, Lesley Treleaven, Romy Lawson, Fiona Rohde
University of Technology, Sydney
2009
University of Technology, Sydney
QUT, Sydney, UQ
Final report Download Document (1.54 MB)

Embedding the development and grading of generic skills across the business curriculum

Tori Vu, Brendan Rigby, Glyn Mather
Macquarie University
2011
Macquarie University

This practical resource focuses on a subset of business graduate skills: team work, critical thinking, ethical practice and sustainability . Provided are comprehensive literature reviews, real work case studies, lesson plans, suggested teaching methods, and a standards of achievement framework including guides on how to create learning outcomes and assessment rubrics from the standards. All resources are housed at this website.

Australian Catholic University, Edith Cowan University, La Trobe University, University of Canberra, University of Southern Queensland, University of Tasmania

Employability of Bachelor of Arts graduates

Nick Harvey, Mosharefa Shahjahan
The University of Adelaide
2013
The University of Adelaide
Flinders University, James Cook University, The University of Sydney, University of Otago (NZ)
Final Report Download Document (3.95 MB)

The B factor project: understanding academic staff beliefs about graduate attributes

Barbara de la Harpe, Alex Radloff, Michele Scoufis, Helen Dalton, Jan Thomas, Anne Lawson, Christina David, Antonia Girardi
RMIT University
2009
RMIT University
Murdoch, UNSW
Final Report Download Document (6.35 MB)
Appendix 1: Project Methodology Download Document (2.7 MB)
Appendix 2: Staff Surveying Instrument Download Document (5.12 MB)
Appendix 3: Preliminary Survey Report Download Document (3.58 MB)
Appendix 4: Data Analysis Download Document (2.7 MB)

New media to develop graduate attributes of science students

Will Rifkin, Nancy Longnecker, Joan Leach, Lloyd Davis
The University of New South Wales
2012
The University of New South Wales
The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia, University of Otago (NZ)
Final report Download Document (925.88 KB)

Building course team capacity to enhance graduate employability

Professor Beverley Oliver, Ms Barbara Whelan
Curtin University
2011
Curtin University
RMIT University, University of Southern Queensland, Victoria University
Final Report Download Document (1.5 MB)

Addressing the supply and quality of engineering graduates for the new century

Emeritus Professor Robin King
University of Technology, Sydney
2008
University of Technology, Sydney
Final Report Download Document (1.43 MB)

Teaching and Assessing Meta-attributes in Engineering: identifying, developing and disseminating good practice

Anna Carew, Sandrine Therese, Simon Barrie, Alan Bradley, Paul Cooper, John Currie, Roger Hadgraft, Timothy McCarthy, Sharon Nightingale, David Radcliffe
University of Wollongong
2009
University of Wollongong
Melbourne, Sydney, UQ, UTAS
Final report Download Document (818.98 KB)

Assessing and assuring Australian graduate learning outcomes: principles and practices within and across disciplines

Simon Barrie, Clair Hughes, Geoffrey Crisp, Anne Bennison
The University of Sydney
2014
The University of Sydney
RMIT University, The University of Queensland
Final report Download Document (1.55 MB)

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