Indicators of graduate qualities

Program teams are required to develop a list of indicators for their program in consultation with key stakeholders. A generic list of indicators is available below as a starting point. An example of elaborated indicators for a program is available.

 1

 A graduate of the University of South Australia operates effectively with and upon a  body of knowledge of sufficient depth to begin professional practice.

 A graduate will:

  • demonstrate an understanding in broad outline of a whole discipline or professional area (concepts, theories, proponents) including a knowledge of the boundaries
  • apply knowledge (demonstrate application of theory to practice in real situations, appreciate limitations of theory, use materials, devices, safety codes and practices, specific equipment and techniques appropriately)
  • identify the methodological and substantive limitations of the field and apply the discipline or professional area's mode of inquiry
  • recognise the social and historical context of knowledge
  • demonstrate an understanding of the needs, interests, protocols and perspectives of Indigenous groups
  • demonstrate appropriate understanding of current research areas in the discipline or professional area.

 2

 A graduate...is prepared for lifelong learning in pursuit of personal development and  excellence in professional practice.

  A graduate will:

  • locate, evaluate, manage and use information in a range of contexts - ie be information literate
  • understand the limitations of, and have the capacity to evaluate, their current knowledge
  • understand and accept personal weaknesses, strengths and preferred learning styles, have knowledge of a range of learning strategies, and take responsibility for their learning and development
  • respond confidently to change in a flexible and adaptable manner
  • maintain a positive concept of self as capable and autonomous
  • sustain intellectual interest and critical thinking as a mature professional.

 3

 A graduate...is an effective problem solver, capable of applying logical, critical and  creative thinking to a range of problems.

 A graduate will:

  • gather, evaluate and deploy relevant information to assist problem solving - ie analysis and synthesis
  • define researchable questions in the discipline or professional area
  • initiate creative responses to problems and frame such responses as opportunities
  • apply strategies to conceptualise problems and formulate a range of solutions.

 4

 A graduate...can work both autonomously and collaboratively as a professional.

 A graduate will:

  • work in a self directed way
  • use logical and rational argument to persuade others, to negotiate with others
  • work collaboratively with different groups, identify the needs of others and build positive relationships
  • provide leadership within a team context by understanding responsibilities for organisation, planning, influencing and negotiating
  • work in a team (cooperate with all team members, share ideas, forgo personal recognition, negotiate solutions when opinions differ, resolve conflict, recognise strengths of other team members, share responsibility, convey a shared vision for the team, display a commitment to make the team function effectively).

 5

 A graduate...is committed to ethical action and social responsibility as a        professional and citizen.

 A graduate will:

  • demonstrate a commitment to personal ethical actions within professional contexts
  • define social aspects of a particular technology (political, economic, legislative, sociological, environmental etc)
  • appreciate the impact of social change, the political decision-making process and economic imperatives of business and industry
  • recognise social justice issues relevant to the discipline and professional area
  • recognise the potential social and economic impact of enterprise activities upon particular social groups
  • appreciate the importance of sustainable development
  • demonstrate responsibility to the community – be aware of safety, efficiency, innovation, cost-effectiveness.
  • consider the relationship between the construction of power and privilege and the ability of discipline knowledge to perpetuate or dismantle social inequality with respect to Indigenous groups.

 6

 A graduate...communicates effectively in professional practice and as a member of  the community.

 A graduate will:

  • demonstrate oral, written, mathematical and visual literacies as appropriate to the discipline or professional area
  • display sensitivity to their audience in organising and presenting ideas
  • communicate appropriately with professional colleagues and the public
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Indigenous community protocols and communication styles.

 7

 A graduate...demonstrates international perspectives as a professional and as a  citizen.

 A graduate will:

  • display an ability to think globally and consider issues from a variety of perspectives
  • demonstrate an awareness of their own culture and its perspectives and other cultures and their perspectives
  • appreciate the relation between their field of study locally and professional traditions elsewhere
  • recognise intercultural issues relevant to their professional practice
  • appreciate the importance of multicultural diversity to professional practice and citizenship
  • appreciate the complex and interacting factors that contribute to notions of culture and cultural relationships
  • value diversity of language and culture
  • appreciate and demonstrate the capacity to apply international standards and practices within the discipline or professional area
  • demonstrate awareness of the implications of local decisions and actions for international communities and of international decisions and actions for local communities.

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