Manual of Policies and Procedures

C/4.3 Capabilities for QUT graduates

Contact Officer

Dean of Studies, Learning and Teaching Unit

Approval Date

18/03/2016

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

31/03/2019

4.3.1 Policy principles
4.3.2 Policy outcomes
4.3.3 Capabilities
4.3.4 Implementation and monitoring
Related Documents
Modification History

4.3.1 Policy principles

QUT is committed to developing graduates who will thrive in changing and volatile environments over the long term, contribute productively as individuals and in teams and combine depth in professional knowledge with broad perspectives based on exposure to new ideas and different cultures. Industry, the professions and the community need to be confident that graduates will have employability skills as well as disciplinary expertise and be prepared to effectively contribute to an ever changing environment. Graduates, in turn, need to be confident in articulating and demonstrating their capabilities and their preparedness for a challenging and dynamic future.

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4.3.2 Policy outcomes

This policy is intended to:

  • provide reference points for graduate capabilities that are articulated and developed through QUT courses
  • provide faculties with guidance on the implementation of graduate capabilities within courses.

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4.3.3 Capabilities

QUT courses aim to develop graduates who can demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills that are informed by the following reference points:

  • the field(s) of education or disciplines involved
  • the QUT Real World Learning 2020 Vision
  • the relevant Australian Qualifications Framework level criteria and qualification type descriptor and the Higher Education Standards Framework
  • professional capabilities including, where relevant, those stipulated for qualifications with professional accreditation or recognition.

These reference points should inform:

  • the development of course learning outcomes for the mapped components of each course including discipline knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills
  • students’ course learning experiences
  • the assurance of learning that students demonstrate as part of their course of study.

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4.3.4 Implementation and monitoring

The University recognises that capabilities for graduates are ideally articulated, developed and assessed within discipline and interdisciplinary contexts. Course coordinators and course teams are responsible for designing, implementing and assuring the mapped components of courses that develop and evidence graduate capabilities in line with QUT’s whole of course design approach. (C/4.2). Course design, development and review processes should also leverage close collaborations with employers, industry and/or professional bodies, students and alumni to inform the graduate capabilities in courses.

The appropriateness of the course design to develop and assure graduate capabilities is initially considered during course accreditation (C/4.1) and monitored throughout implementation as part of the course quality assurance (C/4.6) and evaluation of courses, units, teaching and student experience (C/4.7). Assurance of learning is monitored through formal assuring practices undertaken by unit coordinators and course coordinators during the accreditation period.

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Related Documents

QUT Real World Learning 2020 Vision (QUT staff access only)

Assuring Achievement Standards Guidelines (QUT staff access only)

Australian Qualifications Framework

Higher Education Standards Framework

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details

18.03.16

All

University Academic Board

Revised policy

19.02.11

All

Vice-Chancellor

Policy revised to include approved name change for Office of Teaching Quality to Learning and Teaching Unit

23.07.10

C/.4.3.6

University Academic Board

Policy revised to include SAMS terminology and processes

18.09.09

All

University Academic Board

Revised policy

14.11.08

All

University Academic Board

Policy renumbered to C/4.3 (formerly C/1.4)

01.07.05

All

University Academic Board

Revised to include updated statement of postgraduate capabilities for research higher degree graduates (endorsed by Teaching and Learning Committee 14.06.05 and University Research and Development Committee 03.06.05)

26.11.04

C/4.3.3

Chair, University Academic Board

Revised policy (approved executively by Chair, University Academic Board 26.11.04)

16.11.04

All

Secretariat

Editorial (renumbered to C/1.4 - formerly C/1.3)

13.08.04

All

University Academic Board

Revised to include statement on graduate capabilities in postgraduate courses (endorsed by Teaching and Learning Committee 27.07.04)

16.11.01 All University Academic Board Approved new graduate capabilities

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