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Graduate Attributes

A guide to share information and research about Graduate Attributes

Australian Qualifications Framework and the USC Graduate Attributes

The table below maps the USC graduate attributes (quality and skills) to each Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level. This will help you to design your program to meet the Higher Education Standards Framework, which includes the Australian Qualification Framework requirements. This is in line with the USC curriculum design principle-standards based to embed and ensure academic standards in curriculum.

AQF Level Introductory (AQF 5) Developing (AQF 6) Advanced (AQF 7) Research pathway (AQF 8)
USC Graduates The Diploma qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning The Associate Degree qualifies individuals who apply underpinning technical and theoretical knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning The Bachelor Degree qualifies individuals who apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake professional work and as a pathway for further learning The Bachelor Honours Degree qualifies individuals who apply a body of knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as a pathway for research and further learning

Qualities - USC students will be able to...

Graduate Quality Introductory (AQF 5) Developing (AQF 6) Advanced (AQF 7) Research pathway (AQF 8)
Creative and Critical thinkers Analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements Analyse, interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems Identify, judge and solve problems creatively and with intellectual independence Identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence to develop new understanding
Empowered Select and apply a range of skills to methods and technologies to analyse information to complete a range of activities; interpret and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems and information and skills to others Select and apply a broad range of skills to methods and technologies to analyse information to complete a range of activities; interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and information and skills to others Select and apply well-developed skills to methods and technologies to analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities; analyse, generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and knowledge, skills and ideas to others Select and apply advanced skills to methods and technologies to analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities; analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems and knowledge, skills and ideas to others
Engaged Apply knowledge and skills with autonomy, judgement and defined knowledge responsibility to provide specialist advice and functions, within broad but established parameters, in known or changing contexts Apply knowledge and skills with autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility to provide specialist advice and functions, within broad parameters, in contexts that are subject to change Apply knowledge and skills with autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility to provide specialist advice and functions, within broad parameters, in contexts that require self-directed work and learning Apply and adapt knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship and to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research/scholarship with some independence, in collaboration with others, in diverse contexts
Ethical Explore ethical frameworks and intellectual, professional and community codes of practice and reflect on personal behaviour Identify, critically examine, reflect and discuss ethical practices in intellectual, professional and community areas Apply ethical standards and professional choices in intellectual, professional and community pursuits Apply ethical practice in the research context, including consideration of intellectual, professional and community impacts
Knowledgeable Build technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning Build broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines Build broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning Build advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
Sustainability-focused Recognise how the discipline connects to the four social, cultural, environmental and economic systems Evaluate, from a discipline specific perspective, how alternative actions, in social, cultural, environmental and economic realms, contribute to or impede sustainable outcomes Collaborate across disciplines to revise and expand coherent and diverse approaches to sustainability in social, cultural, environmental and economic realms Apply advanced inter-disciplinary approaches in the research context to sustainability in social, cultural, environmental and economic realms

Skills - USC students will be able to...

Graduate Skill Introductory (AQF 5) Developing (AQF 6) Advanced (AQF 7) Research pathway (AQF 8)
Applying technologies Apply basic information/communication and discipline-based technologies through modelled and scaffolded learning opportunities Apply a range of information/communication and discipline-specific technologies in area of practice; design and create products using a range of technologies Apply broad or coherent information/communication and discipline-specific technologies in area of practice; design and create products using a range of technologies to identified problems Apply appropriate and targeted information/communication and discipline-specific technologies for practice and research; design and use research in a project
Collaboration Work respectfully with others to plan, coordinate, evaluate and reflect on personal and team contributions and outcomes within generally well-defined broad parameters Work respectfully with others and reflect on personal and team contributions and outcomes within broad parameters Work respectfully with others and reflect on personal and team contributions and outcomes within discipline-specific parameters Work respectfully with others and reflect insightfully on personal and team contributions, processes and outcomes in inter-disciplinary parameters
Communication Share knowledge and specialised skills to others appropriately and demonstrate understanding of knowledge and responses to sometimes complex problems using prescribed genres Share clear and coherent knowledge and ideas and responses to complex problems with some intellectual independence Share clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas using discipline-specific genres and culturally appropriate language Share clear and coherent insightful exposition of knowledge and ideas using genres and languages appropriate to a variety of audiences and contexts
Information literacy Identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information using a prescribed methodology Identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources, using an appropriate methodology Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of peer-reviewed sources, choosing appropriate methodologies Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems, with intellectual independence
Organisation Organise self with initiative and judgement and with responsibility for own outputs in relation to defined parameters for quantity and quality Be responsible and accountable for their own learning and work within broad parameters Be responsible and accountable for their own learning and professional practice within discipline-specific and inter-disciplinary parameters Be responsible and accountable for their own learning and professional practice in inter-disciplinary parameters; plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
Problem solving Provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems Interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems

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