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Graduate Quality - Sustainability-focused

Sustainability-focussed Rubric

Program level criteria HD DN CR P FL
Generate Solutions to Sustainability Problems

Skillful and proficient

The solution is robust and carefully considers the context, impacts and relationships with other systems.

Proficient and effective

The solutions presented are well considered and clearly link to solvable aspects of the broader problem. The solution considers the complexity of the broader context (cultural, environmental, economic, social).

Effective and coherent

Aspects of the problem that can be addressed are explained and connected to feasible areas of action. Solution is credible.

Clear and coherent

Problem is clearly described. Obvious aspects of the problem that can be addressed are noted.

Unclear and vague
Evaluate outcomes/impacts (use of framework or method)

Skillful and insightful

The evaluation of impact using the chosen framework has enabled clear, concise, and accurate linkages across the data. The findings demonstrate a keen understanding of sustainability.

Effective and discerning

Use of the framework has allowed for new understandings and relationships to emerge. The framework was used to illicit a clear evaluation of outcomes/impacts.

Effective and coherent

Effective use of the framework is evident. Language, relationships between elements, and sequencing of data are all clear. Impacts are listed.

Competent and relevant

An appropriate evaluation framework has been chosen and described. Aspects of the problem have been identified and categorised within the noted framework.

Justify solutions/approaches/ methods

Comprehensive and insightful

The justification for the solution is clearly supported and exceeds the DN category in extensiveness, clarity and concise logic and reasoning.

Thoroughly explains

The solution is backed by substantial and conclusive evidence. It is logical, clear and precipitates from extensive research.

Effectively explains

The description of the justification includes a clear rationale, linked to research or data that is relevant, is feasible.

Logical and clear

The justifications for approach logically flow and are easily followed. The solution meets the problem and the choice is clear.

Narrow explanation
Examine issue/ field and/or discipline

Systematic and skillful

Contributes and raises consequential factors/issues. Creates a comprehensive examination of the topic. Presents a critical understanding of the issue.

Thorough and effective

Identifies core and less explored issues recognising connections and disconnections within the field/discipline.


Identifies core issues/theories/aspects to present a knowledgeable understanding of the issue/field/discipline.


Identifies contributing and consequential factors to the issue/field. Clearly describes using appropriate language and terms.

Reflexivity Cultural humility


Aspiring to develop partnerships, reconcile power imbalances and seek improvement through the wisdom of others. Recognise the value of diversity.


Demonstrates humility through boldly critiquing self and noting what you do not know – and demonstrating a willingness to learn.


Explains how views are constructed from personal values and experiences and recognises the values, experiences and ideas of others.

Connects context

Recognises attributes of self that would impact how you view others. Identifies views of self and others that may not be universal.

Fixed mindset
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