Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLO)

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The eight learning outcomes

Deakin’s Graduate Learning Outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates have acquired and are able to demonstrate at the completion of their course.

Deakin’s courses ensure that students develop systematic knowledge and understanding of their discipline appropriate to their level of study. Outcomes are specified at the course level, mapped to course components and are assessed. In professionally-accredited courses, learning outcomes are aligned to the relevant professional body.

Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) 1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

Possessing discipline specific knowledge and capabilities associated with one’s degree is crucial in order for graduates to have a firm foundation in their future chosen profession.

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Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) 2: Communication

Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

Communication is the fundamental generic skill needed to attain employment and to engage in professional written, oral and interpersonal communication with colleagues, clients and the general public.

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Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) 3: Digital literacy

Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

Digital literacy underpins teaching and research, regardless of discipline, and is an essential graduate skill for effective participation in employment and all aspects of life.

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Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) 4: Critical thinking

Critical thinking requires analysis and evaluation of information to validate a conclusion.

Critical thinking is a transferable skill that is needed for every career. Analysis of a problem identifies important factors and variables. Evaluation of information requires judgement of the relative importance and impact of factors.

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Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) 5: Problem solving

Strategic problem solving is a highly valued attribute for prospective employers in a diverse and changing world.

A well-developed disposition towards strategic problem solving is a highly valued graduate attribute for prospective employers in a diverse and changing world. Problem-solvers are quick to adapt to change and can incorporate new perspectives.

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Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) 6: Self-management

Self-management: working and learning independently and taking responsibility for personal actions.

Self-management encompasses complex skills and understandings that develop individual competence towards self-guidance, training, opportunity and experience.

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Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) 7: Teamwork

Teamwork is essential for life-long learning and problem-solving to develop shared understandings and bring together diverse talents and disciplines.

Teamwork is essential to develop shared understandings. Successful teams recognize and use complementary skills and knowledge and collaborate.

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Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) 8: Global citizenship

Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

Global citizenship describes a way of thinking, acting, relating and responding to socio-cultural elements based on understanding the ‘self’ in relation to ‘others’ within their local and broader community and discipline.

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Source: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes, 18 June 2015.