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Graduate Learning Outcomes

The third element of CSU's Curriculum, Learning & Teaching Framework is our graduates. CSU's Graduate Attributes Policy specifies the characteristics of CSU graduates. These are in line with the criteria of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

One way of ensuring that our graduates meet the above standards, and succeed in life & work after study, is to design our courses to align with the standards. A set of common learning outcomes has been written to assist course teams with alignment between standards, course & subject outcomes, and assessment. These are called CSU's Graduate Learning Outcomes.

Graduate Learning Outcomes Overview (video)

CSU Graduates are professionals who:

Professional Practice

Demonstrate knowledge, capabilities, practices, attitudes, ethics and dispositions of their discipline or profession.

Academic Literacy & Numeracy

Demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills necessary to understand and interpret information and communicate according to the context

Information & Research Literacies

Demonstrate capability as inquirers to locate, evaluate, manage, and use information and research to develop and guide their own knowledge, learning, and practice

Digital Literacies

Critically harness digital literacy for professional practice and research and demonstrate digital citizenship in online learning, professional and social communities

Ethics

Exhibit ethical decision making and reasoning to identify creative solutions to ethical problems

Lifelong Learning

Critically appraise and continue to develop personal and professional capabilities

CSU Graduates are agents of change who:

Indigenous Cultural Competence

Practise in ways that show a commitment to social justice and the processes of reconciliation based on understanding the culture, experiences, histories and contemporary issues of Indigenous Australian communities

Global Citizenship

Use their understanding of diversity and the 'common good' to work constructively, respectfully and effectively with local and global communities and workplaces

Sustainable Practices

Engage with ethical and sustainable practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and those of the environment

Expanded Graduate Learning outcomes

The following table expands the nine above into learning outcomes for Knowledge, Skill and Application. When using CSU Graduate Learning Outcomes in course level design, teams can choose to show alignment to the 9 outcomes above or to the expanded set of 27 outcomes in the following table. For example, the nine outcomes might be used for design of postgraduate courses and the expanded set in undergraduate courses or in courses where no external professional standards exist.

Dimension Knowledge Skill Application
Professional Practice Possess the knowledge and understanding of the discipline and  the nature of professionalism required for the given profession or discipline in contemporary societies Demonstrate discipline-specific technical capabilities and self-appraisal required for a beginning practitioner or professional Exercise professionalism,  initiative and judgement in decision making, actions and evaluation in professional practice at the level of a beginning practitioner or professional
Academic Literacy & Numeracy Understand the use and structure of appropriate language in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication Demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills necessary to understand and interpret information and communicate effectively according to the context Consider the context, purpose, and audience when gathering, interpreting, constructing, and presenting information
Information & Research Literacies Demonstrate that disciplinary knowledge is developed through research and evidence Demonstrate the skills required to locate, access and critically evaluate existing information and data Synthesize and apply information and data to different contexts to facilitate planning, problem solving and decision making
Digital Literacies Understand professional, social and cultural implications of the global use of technology Use, create, communicate and share multimodal information in digital environments Ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology to select, create and share information and participate in online learning, professional and social communities
Ethics Understand ethical approaches such as rights, utilitarianism and virtue ethics and the need for moral awareness and reflection on moral values Critically reflect on, discuss and challenge the values intrinsic in the different practices in which they participate Form judgements and apply ethical decision making and reasoning to identify creative solutions to ethical problems
Lifelong Learning Anticipate lifelong learning requirements post-graduation Seek and employ feedback to reflect on performance and outcomes in order to develop as an individual and professional Reflect on personal capabilities and develop habits of self-directed learning that will extend beyond student life
Indigenous Cultural Competence Understand specific cultural and historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past and the ways in which these patterns continue to be expressed in contemporary Australia Critically examine personal power, privilege and profession within the broader context of the history, assumptions and characteristics that structure Australian society, and the way those factors shape historical and contemporary engagement with Indigenous communities and Indigenous people Practise in ways that show a commitment to social justice and the processes of reconciliation through inclusive practices and citizenship
Global Citizenship Understand the impact of culture and global issues on professional practice Demonstrate the skills to appropriately interact with people from a range of cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds Use the qualities and behaviours of a professional global citizen to work effectively in trans-cultural contexts.
Sustainable Practices Demonstrate a multidisciplinary knowledge that empowers graduates to understand and critically analyse the challenges of balancing the social, economic and environmental factors essential for ecological sustainability Apply acquired sustainability knowledge individually and collectively for the improvement of local and global environmental sustainability Demonstrate attitudes and implement actions that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and those of the environment

Organising 2016 GLO Implementation

Information about support for the implementation of the Graduate Learning Outcomes can be found on the Graduate Learning Outcomes Interact2 site. For CSU staff, this site is joinable by self-enrolment. Support includes names of GLO Advisors, GLO Reference Groups, CSU subjects, resources and toolkits.