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USC Graduate Attributes

Your student journey mapped against the USC Graduate Attributes

You can see your student journey mapped showing where and how in your program at each level you will have the opportunity to develop these skills (including placements, projects, and other types of learning activities).

Creative and Critical Thinkers

Independently problem solve and think critically; generate original ideas and concepts and appreciate innovation and entrepreneurship.

Problem or inquiry-based learning. Thinking strategies (decision making, T charts, mind maps, prioritising, relationship mapping, problem identification, brainstorming, network analysis, grouping, SWOT analysis, logic problems, group work). A clear time frame for an activity/task.

"I used critical & creative thinking, engaged and knowledgeable when working in a team for group assessments and volunteering roles. I was able to take what I had learnt about event management and put it into use in my volunteer role. I suggested to the event organiser about an issue that could arise from the run sheet, which was fixed before it causes problems." - USC student

Empowered

Apply skills and knowledge to real work issues and contexts.

Empowered learning outcomes in courses are related to students applying and performing proficiency-based tasks and activities that relate to a profession, career, or research tasks. Often these tasks will be embedded into simulated or real-world contexts and ask students to demonstrate competency.

"I have accessed the graduate attribute "empowered" through my personal pursuit for professional development opportunities. While my degree has equipped me with a broad range of knowledge I will use in my future career, I believe there are many practical skills I will develop over time. Professional development opportunities such as a literacy teaching strategies workshop I attended, will only improve my employability skills and my effectiveness as a graduate teacher." - USC Education student

Engaged

Contributing positively to diverse communities through practice, research, service and leadership.

Authentic assessments designed around real-world settings, challenges or tasks. Professional simulations, site visits, invited expert speakers or presentations. Workplace or simulated situation.

"I contributed to the group scenario by offering different ideas to solve the various issues presented. I think I did well to agree with and support the ideas of the other group members and bounce off their suggestions to create a collaborative and engaged atmosphere. Because I am a member of the student guild team, I brought that perspective into my discussion where I mentioned becoming involved in student clubs and societies, as well as general support from the guild." - USC student

Ethical

Understand ethical dilemmas, make ethical and professional choices and lead with integrity in intellectual, professional and community pursuits.

Substantive conversations, debates, inquiry based complex problems, comparisons of options, questioning, workplace simulations, working in teams, ethical dilemmas, and case studies.

"Ethical considerations make up a large part of the skills that I have obtained. Also being an active listener. I have found that I, as well as many of my peers and professional staff do not practice active listening to the desired level. In the workplace we are faced with many trust issues from clients and fellow co-workers, as well as mental and other wellbeing concerns. By actively listening the real problems / issues / crux can be identified and this also creates trust." - USC student

Knowledgeable

Build disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge through a scholarly approach.

Problem and inquiry-based learning, collaboration, discussion, expert groups, case studies, debate, scenarios, using multivocal texts, small group reading tasks, questioning and research projects.

"I will continue to work on being knowledgeable by engaging in Professional Development opportunities offered by the University and appropriate professional associations. Additionally, I will also continue to develop this quality by asking more open questions when in conversation, allowing more opportunities to be an active listener and be fully present with people and their interests and knowledge. This will require less multitasking and more mindful presence. I will also start to watch documentaries that are passionately suggested as essential viewing. This will replace my current practice of ignoring all suggestions when the content is, seemingly, out of my interests." - USC student

Sustainability-focused

Understand the interrelated nature of all systems and support a socially just and environmentally healthy future.

Problem and inquiry-based learning, investigating wicked problems, collaboration, expert groups, scenarios, simulations and debates.

"Sustainability focus is something that I practice in my personal life, however I can improve upon this at university by leaving a legacy through Active Minds and the Nursing and Midwifery group that encourages new students to support the next generation of nurses to become the best students that they can be." - USC student

Communication

Effective, culturally appropriate and respectful sharing of knowledge and understanding with diverse audiences.

Conveys ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms. Clearly communicates results of research in a format suitable to the task. Interacts effectively with others in order to work towards a common outcome. Utilises discipline-specific terms accurately. Analyses and applies confidently a range of communication formats, strategies and technologies that are dependent on content, purpose, audience and context. Recognises that choice of content and method of communication manipulates the message to represent a particular viewpoint and, where applicable, justifies information with credible evidence and sources.

"I feel I have good communication when I have completed activities related to the Student as Partners. I feel I have a good understanding of positive communication and know how to listen and give direction when needed." - USC student

Collaboration

Flexible thinking, problem solving, respectful sharing of knowledge and determining future direction.

Works successfully with people from a wide range of backgrounds. Shows appreciation for the contributions of others. Productively contributes to the group. Defines roles and responsibilities and negotiates own position. Networks with identified strengths of others to reach a desired outcome. Keeps other participants informed as to progress towards achieving goals. Accepts intellectual criticism, applies conflict and resolution strategies, compromises and negotiates with group members. Reflects on own contribution, provides evaluative feedback to others involved in a collaborative process and accepts feedback on own performance from them. Contributes to a supportive environment that fosters collaboration.

"Today, I participated in a 'Students as Partners' group zoom interview, which enabled me to use the graduate skills of communication, collaboration and problem-solving to address the outcomes for a given scenario. As a group, we were able to successfully engage in the scenario, employing our combined knowledge to be creative and thinking critically and enable a positive outcome." - USC student

Problem solving

Employing systematic approaches to find appropriate and novel solutions.

Analyses a task using a systematic method selected from a range of approaches. Applies knowledge and is prepared to construct new knowledge during the problem-solving process. Combines a variety of strategies and techniques to resolve problems. Analyses, generates and transmits solutions to unpredictable, real world and sometimes complex problems.

"When I first began volunteering as a Student Leader, I shadowed the academic skills team to observe and learn how they approach problem solving student issues and the way they communicated their solutions or suggestions to students. For example, one of the most important aspects of assisting students with their assessment work is to allow them to do it themselves, instead of you doing it for them. The academic skills team would always direct students to the online library
or blackboard and problem solve with the student. E.g. if a student was having issues starting their assignment, the academic skills team member would direct them to the assessment task sheet and rubric so that they could read what was required with the student and together work out what was required. When I began helping students, I adopted this approach to problem solving and communication. Not only did it allow the student to get the most from my assistance, but it also created a deeper connection with the student, allowing them to feel more comfortable talking to me and asking for help." - USC student

Organisation

Self-management and responsibility for self and others to successfully achieve goals.

Completes tasks on time and identifies the organisational requirements to do so such as delegation, timelines, resources, research. Follows procedural guidelines to produce a product. Organises materials needed to perform, conduct or produce a set task. Analyses and evaluates strategies being used to approach tasks and is prepared to change ways of working to adopt strategies more likely to lead to successful completion. Recognises when support is required to effect positive change in organisational methods and systems. Reflects on the effectiveness of their organisational skills in augmenting their own personal and professional performance.

"During my tenure as a Student Leader I further developed my communication and organisation skills. Having a full and productive schedule requires thorough planning and communication. As time passed, I gained more confidence in communicating thoughts and ideas, as well as saying no to certain activities where I could not contribute effectively, or where I felt I would not receive beneficial learning or skills development. Time planning is crucial in ensuring mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, balancing work, volunteer, school and social life is daunting at times, but with organisation and planning the balance can be kept. It is a skill that requires ongoing development." - USC student

Applying technologies

Expertise in the specific technological need and skill set of the field or industry of practice.

Creates a product or outcome. Stores, organises and manages knowledge and data. Performs field or industry related practice. Communicates and shares information. Selects a technology based on most efficient and effective result, or against a set of predetermined requirements. Is open to using new and germane technological advances and emerging technologies. Analyses and evaluates applicability and effectiveness of technologies, recognising advantages and limitations. Continues development of technological knowledge and skills to remain current in their application. Reflects on the effectiveness of selected technology and its purpose. Applies ethical responsibilities and rules of etiquette to technology use. Incorporates technology within personal and professional practices and recognises the need to remain current in their application as part of lifelong learning.

"I currently have little confidence with two graduate skills, which are applying technologies and sustainability-focused. I intend to develop my applying technologies skill by attending workshops and investigating technologies in my own time and setting myself some personal goals, so that I am able to enter the workforce with applying technology confidence. I intend to become more sustainable in my ways and learn how my own and others’ actions today will impact tomorrow. I intend to learn about sustainability and its impact by watching documentaries and implementing current methods into my routine, for example, using a 'keep cup' for hot drinks instead of plastic disposable ones." - USC student

Information literacy

Make sense of information and construct new understandings.

Identifies that information is needed and defines what and how much is required. Understands quality sources and how to access these effectively. Determines appropriate and effective strategies to search for and manage relevant
information. Critically evaluates, analyses and synthesises information as to its relevance, value and credibility. Uses information strategically. Uses information resources ethically and references appropriately. Applies information literacy skills to personal and professional practices and understands that their continued development and application is essential to being a lifelong learner.

"My information literacy could use improvement; I believe once I have a firm grasp of information, I am very successful in applying it properly, however it sometimes takes me longer than expected to grasp the knowledge correctly. I think this is just something that comes with practice; the more I learn and explore, the more this skill will improve." - USC student

Introduction to discipline; build a sense of belonging and purpose: build skills, navigate, prepare and succeed.

Critical and Creative Thinkers

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Engage with key theories in your discipline, making connections between theory and practice in your reading, discussions and assessments.
  • Work in groups to discuss the key challenges and problems
  • Reflect on your own and others' thought processes when engaging with research or with your peers in class discussions

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Build your critical and creative thinking skills, learn how to analyse and reduce problems into smaller sections by attending an Academic Skills Workshop on Analysing Assignment Questions.
  • Attend an Academic Skills Essay Writing Workshop to learn how to structure your argument and develop your critical thinking skills.
  • Develop your knowledge of various strategies to be more effective and critical when notetaking and researching, attend a Reading and Notetaking Workshop run by Academic Skills .
  • Develop an understanding of transferable skills, how you can identify current skills and communicate these to employers by attending a Developing Employability Skills Workshop run by Careers & Employability.
Empowered

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Build understanding of the techniques, tasks and strategies that relate to your future profession, career or research pathways.
  • This might include learning skills in labs or other practical fieldwork. You will also undertake research tasks for assessment that will build your knowledge of industry practices and real-world contexts.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend a Making the most of your Uni Experience workshop run by Students as Partners,  and learn how others have become empowered through their leadership and partnership activities and how you can too by choosing Students as Partners opportunities that are aligned with your future career.
  • Initial Years Career Planning workshops run by Careers & Employability assist students to develop career planning skills and introduce you to a range of activities to empower you to work towards your goals, and develop a sense of purpose and belonging.
  • Expand your network and develop your professional identity by attending  iEngage Industry events and Careers Fairs.
Engaged

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Engage with experts in your field and undertake assessments that reflect the real world.
  • You may also develop an understanding of industry pathways and connect with industry representatives, through the USC Mentor program or by attending an iEngage with industry event.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Engage with your discipline and wider learning community by becoming a Student Volunteer within your discipline and wider USC events and activities such as Orientation, Open Day and Student Groups.
  • Attend Initial Years Career Planning workshop run by Careers & Employability to assist you with strategies to engage in your career through your discipline and industry.
  • Attend a Careers & Employability Graduate Careers: What you need to know workshop to introduce you to a number of options for professional employment, build a sense of purpose, and learn how to prepare yourself to make the most of these opportunities.
Ethical

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Explore ethical behaviour and frameworks in your discipline. Differentiate between personal values, opinion and ethical decision-making.
  • Develop an understanding of intellectual, professional and community ethical codes of practice including in the Student Charter.
  • Learn the fundamentals of academic integrity through online Academic Integrity modules.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend Academic Skills workshops to gain knowledge of ethical research, group work, referencing and study strategies.
  • Undertake Respect at USC training
Knowledgeable

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Develop your understanding of core principles, concepts and theory of your discipline in lectures, readings and discussions.
  • Take a scholarly approach to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information in researching assessments.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend the Initial Years Career Planning workshop run by Careers & Employability to gain strategies to engage with and build industry knowledge and develop strategies to research and develop a plan to engage with your career.
  • While connecting with Careers & Employability, also link into the Graduate Careers: What you need to know workshop to introduce yourself to options for professional employment, build a sense of purpose, and learn how to prepare yourself to make the most of these opportunities.
Sustainability-focused

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Identify economic, social, cultural and environmental domains of sustainability in your discipline.
  • Identify and discuss the big challenges, key debates or 'wicked problems' in your field.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend Wellbeing workshops: Building Resilience, Mindfulness, Balancing research and self to build skills to sustain your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing during studies.
Communication

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Develop writing, speaking and visual skills to communicate ideas accurately and appropriately. Use appropriate formats and technologies to learn and complete assessments in your discipline
  • Choose credible evidence and sources to underpin ideas expressed in class discussions or in assessments.
  • Engage in culturally appropriate and respectful dialogue with peers and university staff in discussing ideas and giving and receiving feedback.
  • You can develop your skills in written, spoken and digital communication by engaging with skills workshops or consulting Student Wellbeing or a Learning Adviser.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attending a Resume Hacks, Write Winning Applications, Ace Your Interview and Developing Employability Skills workshops run by Careers & Employability to develop effective professional communication skills for diverse audiences.
  • Attend Academic Writing, Academic Style and Referencing workshops run by Academic Skills to enhance your academic communication skills.
  • Complete the  Respect at USC modules, Ally training to create a safe study and work environment for LGBQTI+ students, Responding to Disclosures, Responding to Challenging Students and Responding to Students in Distress Training / workshops to assist in the development of peer and personal communication skills.
Collaboration

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Develop an understanding of group roles and responsibilities by learning about respectful group behaviours.
  • Apply your learning in discussions and projects.
  • Accept feedback on your contribution to group work and make adjustments
  • You can develop your skills in group and teamwork by working with Student Wellbeing or Learning Advisers. You may wish to join a student group or form your own study group.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Develop your ability to work in a team environment by volunteering at USC in events such as Orientation, Open Day, or with Student Groups. These activities will assist with skills in problem solving and flexibility.
Problem solving

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Identify key discipline-specific problems, issues and challenges. Use prescribed problem-solving strategies.
  • Develop analytical skills to resolve problems.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend Learning Strategies and Preparing for Success workshops run by Academic Skills to develop and apply novel and systematic approaches to problem solving.
  • Undertake Work Experience to build a sense of belonging, purpose and problem-solving skills in a professional environment through undertaking discipline related experience.
Organisation

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Set goals, use strategies, monitor own performance and reflect on your progress.
  • Follow guidelines to complete tasks or produce work on time. Review schedule according to work and life commitments.
  • Use effective note taking and data management.
  • You may do this in working to assessment deadlines, preparing for class discussions or using rubrics to complete tasks. You can also collaborate with peers to plan, study and prepare.
  • When needed seek assistance for academic, social, emotional and financial advice through Student Support Services.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend Balancing Your Studies and Quiz, Test & Exam preparation Academic Skills workshops to develop strategies or managing studies.
  • Attend Initial Years Career Planning run by Careers & Employability to assist with creating a plan of activities to enhance your employability throughout your study.
  • Check the Study Sequence for your enrolment year and Managing your Progression pages on the website to map out your studies.
Applying technologies

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Access and navigate essential online resources, systems and support.
  • Develop understanding of discipline based technologies.
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and etiquette with regard to online learning and research.
  • Contribute respectfully in online forums and discussions; be able to navigate and use tools to retrieve information and submit assessments online.
  • Seek assistance for technological support or digital literacy development through IT services and Student Support Services.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attending Student Online Training Mastering Time Management  run by Academic Skills will enhance your digital literacy by engaging with the content and training.
Information literacy

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Understand how to analyse a topic and identify appropriate databases and information resources for assessments.
  • Use relevant, credible and appropriate information and research to support a claim or argument in discussions and assessments.
  • Accurately follow discipline referencing guidelines and avoid plagiarism in assessments.
  • Seek further support from the Library and Learning Advisers to develop your skills in finding, evaluating and using information.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend Academic Writing, Academic Style and Referencing workshops run by Academic Skills to enhance your information literacy in an academic context.
  • Attend a Developing Employability Skills workshop run by Careers & Employability to develop skills in identifying transferable skills within job advertisements, course outlines and other activities to build on and compliment discipline specific technical skills.

Develop autonomy and mastery: further develop competencies in discipline area, build capacity, extend networks; create a professional identity.

Critical and Creative Thinkers

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Apply a range of strategies to deepen your thinking about key issues in your discipline.
  • Work collaboratively through group discussions to find solutions and generate ideas.
  • Apply methods of analysis to examine arguments and map problems using strategies such as mind mapping, SWOT analysis, network analysis, T charts or brainstorming.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Critically evaluate your skills, find creative and entrepreneurial solutions to enhance your employability by attending the Developing Employability Skills workshop run by Careers & Employability.
Empowered

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Apply your skills and further develop competencies in relation to work contexts related to your discipline.
  • You may have opportunities for practical learning in the field, including Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or work experience to develop your skills and knowledge.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Become empowered in learning to effectively communicate your skills, knowledge and experience to help you successfully navigate the recruitment process attend; Resume Hacks, Write Winning Applications, Ace Your Interview workshops run by Careers & Employability.
  • Develop competencies, build your capacity, extend your networks and create a professional identity within your field through engaging with your industry through Work Experience, Launch-U or Hackathon type activities.
  • Initial Years Career Planning workshops run by Careers & Employability assist students to develop career planning skills and introduce them to a range of activities to enhance their university studies and empower them to pursue their goals.
  • The Careers & Employability Career Compass workshop assists students to build their professional identity and a sense of purpose and belonging through identifying pathways related to study discipline.
Engaged

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Critically engage with the latest research, practices, and policies of your discipline by joining your professional association.
  • You may have opportunities for site visits, do Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or you can undertake work experience to develop your network and explore your passion.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Self-nominate for a Student Representative or Student Leader (GPA 5.0+) role through the Students as Partners program to build your capacity, extend networks and engage more deeply in the learning community.
  • Attend a Graduate Careers: What you need to know workshop run by Careers & Employability to introduce you to a number of options for professional employment, how to prepare yourself to make the most of these opportunities and build your professional identity.
Ethical

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Examine ethics in relation to real world issues in your discipline.
  • Extend your own ethical thinking for decision making.
  • This may occur through discussion, debate, working in teams or case studies. You will demonstrate ethical use of research in all assessments.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Nominate for a Students as Partners role and complete the training and attend a Group Interview session to further develop your understanding of professional choices and ethical dilemmas in a higher education context.
Knowledgeable

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Engage with the more complex theories, practices and skills of your discipline in your reading, discussions and assessments.
  • Take a scholarly approach to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information in researching assessments.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend the Developing Employability Skills Workshop run by Careers & Employability to learn how to effectively identify and communicate discipline and transferable skills.
  • Attend a Graduate Careers: What you need to know workshop run by Careers & Employability to introduce you to build knowledge of options for professional employment, build a sense of purpose, and how to prepare yourself to make the most of these opportunities.
Sustainability-focused

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Evaluate how practices in your discipline affect sustainability outcomes.
  • Recognise the need to consider impacts across complex economic, social and ecological systems.
  • Develop your understanding of how to approach the key challenges or debates in your field.

Co-Curricular Activities

Communication

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Use a range of communication methods and technologies appropriate to your future profession.
  • Develop and reflect on communication strategies for Work Integrated Learning (WIL).
  • Choose credible and compelling evidence and sources to create persuasive and accurate arguments in discussions and assessments.
  • Seek and use feedback on quality of own communication methods for diverse audiences.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend and participate in activities on campus such as Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Mental Health Week, RUOK Day to further develop respectful communication skills.
  • Self-nominate for a Students as Partners role complete the training and Group Interview session to further develop your understanding of professional and culturally sensitive communication strategies.
  • Attend preparation workshops and participate in Study Overseas, New Colombo Plan (NCP), or volunteer overseas opportunities / programs to develop higher order culturally sensitive communication skills.
  • Attend Resume Hacks, Write Winning Applications, Ace Your Interview and Developing Employability Skills workshops run by Careers & Employability to develop effective professional communication skills for diverse audiences.
Collaboration

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Identify the benefits of teamwork to solve problems.
  • Engage in culturally appropriate and respectful dialogue in small and large groups.
  • Incorporate feedback from peers, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) supervisors, and/or teaching staff.
  • Reflect on own role, strategies, strengths and areas for development.
  • You may wish to develop your teamwork skills through volunteering for student representative groups.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Nominate for a Students as Partners role and complete the training and Group Interview sessions to further develop flexibility and problem-solving skills and be able to accept and grow from critical feedback.
Problem solving

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Reflect and draw upon a range of strategies to solve discipline specific problems.
  • Extend capacity to use research to analyse problems and generate solutions.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend the Students as Partners Group Interview participating in the problem-solving exercises to further develop problem solving strategies.
  • Attend Student Leader Training Effective Communication further developing problem-solving strategies.
  • Undertake, Work Experience or Internship to develop discipline specific competencies, extend networks and create your professional identity while developing professional problem-solving skills in the workplace.
Organisation

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Develop action plans to complete a task.
  • Adapt strategies to enhance effectiveness in planning, goal setting and achievement.
  • Reflect on personal and professional performance.
  • Analyse and reflect on effective organisational strategies and practices in your chosen field and/or observed in use during your  Work Integrated Learning (WIL).
  • You may reflect on your performance in producing work on a timeline, whether for university or in the workplace.
  • You may also discuss and share strategies with peers.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Sign up for the Student Leadership Award and contribute to volunteering activities within and external to USC. By organising these extracurricular activities during study, along with other responsibilities you will continue to develop organisational skills transferable to the workplace.
Applying technologies

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Competently and ethically engage with online tools and media in your course.
  • Analyse effectiveness of technological procedures and practices in discipline.
  • You may do this by compiling an e-portfolio of achievements.
  • You may also engage with technologies under supervision in WIL to develop expertise. You will also complete assessments using a range of technologies.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend Networking and the Hidden Job Market workshop run by Careers & Employability to assist you to develop your technology skills through digital networking and researching your industry.
  • Attend the Developing Employability Skills workshop run by Careers & Employability to assist with the development of your digital skills and applying these to enhance your employability skills.
Information literacy

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Critically analyse effectiveness, accuracy and rigour of information sources for a research topic in an assessment.
  • Analyse, evaluate and synthesise information for an authentic discipline-based problem.
  • Demonstrate accurate referencing and citation practice in assessments. Demonstrate understanding of copyright laws and plagiarism when creating new work.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Complete the  Respect at USC modules, Ally training to create a safe study and work environment for LGBQTI+ students, Responding to Disclosures, Responding to Challenging Students and Responding to Students in Distress Training / workshops to assist in the development of peer and personal communication skills.
  • Attend a Developing Employability Skills workshop run by Careers & Employability to understand how to identifying transferable skills within job advertisements, course outlines and other activities to build on and compliment discipline specific technical skills.

Supported transition into graduate employment or future study; consolidate networks; advanced skills of an emerging professional.

Critical and Creative Thinkers

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Embrace unconventional thinking and generate innovative solutions.
  • Appreciate different perspectives to your own which challenge your thinking. This will occur in discussions with your peers and teachers, and in your reading and research
  • Use your current knowledge to examine issues and problems from a range of new perspectives

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Undertake Work Experience or an Internship and learn how to creatively solve problems and generate innovative solutions to emerging issues.
Empowered

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Apply skills and knowledge to real world contexts and demonstrate expertise in your discipline knowledge, skills and capabilities.
  • You may have established networks in the community as an emerging professional. You will be able to use an action research approach to understand discipline specific issues.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend the Graduate Careers: What you need to know Workshop run by Careers & Employability for a supported transition into graduate employment or future study.
  • To ensure you are ready to transition into professional employment after graduation attend the Career Planning for Final Year Students workshop run by Careers & Employability.
Engaged

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Be an emerging leader, with established networks in the community via research, service learning or professional networking such as LinkedIn.
  • You may engage in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) demonstrating early career professional excellence.
  • You may plan a research project or develops a publishable artefact, for example an essay, article, journal article, poster, presentation, art exhibit, professional product.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Undertake, Work Experience or an Internship creating engagement in your discipline, consolidating networks and establishing your identity within industry and demonstrating the skills of an emerging professional.
  • Attend the Career Planning for Final Year Students workshop run by Careers & Employability to become engaged in your industry through industry research.
  • Attend a Graduate Careers: What you need to know workshop run by Careers & Employability to introduce you to a number of options for professional employment and being prepared for the recruitment process.
Ethical

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Develop deep understanding of ethical practice and its intellectual, professional and community impact.
  • Consider and justify the consequences for stakeholders of multiple alternatives in decision making.
  • Demonstrate high levels of professionalism with regard to ethical standards in workplace settings, academic or research contexts.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Become a Student Leader and assist with the delivery of Academic Skills workshops and Students as Partners training activities to provide insight and show deep learning of ethical concepts and moral dilemmas within a university and professional context.
Knowledgeable

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of your field, and work across disciplines to identify knowledge gaps.
  • Understand how knowledge is produced and can be evaluated in your discipline.
  • Seek to construct and create new knowledge in research projects.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Prepare for iEngage industry events by researching industry representatives and organisations to display an advanced level of knowledge of the discipline.
  • Attend the Career Planning for Final Year Students workshop run by Careers & Employability to display advanced skills of an emerging professional and be supported through transition into professional employment or further study.
Sustainability-focused

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Collaborate across disciplines to manage social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of diverse approaches to sustainability.
  • Demonstrate the confidence and ability to approach wicked problems with sustainable solutions.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Volunteer to assist with the delivery of Wellbeing workshops around building resilience, mindfulness, balancing research and self and time and task management. Gain advanced skills and deeper learning of self-sustainability as a professional.
Communication

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Demonstrate clear, fluent, convincing and inclusive communication across a range of modes.
  • Communicate effectively, respectfully and strategically with diverse audiences, including peers, university staff and professional networks.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend the Student Leader Training – Leadership Fundamentals run by Students as Partners to show advanced skills of an emerging leader.
  • Investigate the New Colombo Plan (NCP) and participate in New Colombo Plan Interview Preparation Workshop  run by Careers & Employability.
  • Utilise the Application Checker on Student Hub to gain feedback from the Career Advisors with tailoring a job application to a particular discipline and learn how to fully demonstrate your communication skills.
  • Attending Resume Hacks, Write Winning Applications, Ace Your Interview and Developing Employability Skills workshops run by Careers & Employability to develop effective professional communication skills for diverse audiences.
Collaboration

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Work in diverse teams to share and construct knowledge, challenge your thinking, solve problems and make decisions.
  • You will be accountable, respectful and be able to negotiate and resolve conflict with professional proficiency.
  • You will evaluate your own and others performance and have insight into your own strengths and areas for development.
  • You may wish to develop your skills in leading teams through volunteering as a Student Representative or Student Leader.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Undertake Work Experience or an Internship engaging in your industry will consolidate networks and establish your identity within industry as you learn to demonstrate the skills of an emerging professional.
  • Attend Student Leader Training – Leadership Fundamentals run by Students as Partners to show advanced skills of an emerging professional.
Problem solving

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Draw on research and best practice to propose new solutions to contemporary real-world problems in your class discussions and assessment tasks.
  • Demonstrate well developed judgement in analysis and synthesis of information in your assessments.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Undertake Work Experience or Internship to demonstrate emerging professional problem-solving skills in the workplace.
Organisation

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Demonstrate autonomy in planning and implementing projects.
  • Undertake projects using a systematic, detailed and solutions-focused planning approach.
  • Anticipate challenges and adapt proactively to complete tasks on time.
  • Analyse and evaluate to determine effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate professional organisational practice.
  • You may also choose to assist others by volunteering in leadership roles at USC or in your community.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attend Career Development for Final Year Students workshop run by Careers & Employability to enhance and put into practice well developed organisational skills.
Applying technologies

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Well-developed understanding of how to use and create with a range of tools and technologies.
  • Broad technical knowledge in area of practice.
  • You may compile a final e-portfolio of discipline-based achievements for assessment. You will also be able to apply technologies required in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) settings.
  • You will have an online professional presence via a portfolio of work or through appropriate online networking sites such as LinkedIn.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Participating in Work Experience or internships assists students to demonstrate their ability to apply technologies in the workplace.
Information literacy

In Curriculum Learning - Refer to Rubric

  • Use research and credible evidence-based resources to provide background and direction for a research or workplace project.
  • Consider ethical, legal and moral values associated with sources and use of information.
  • Produce new discipline knowledge through well-developed research practice.

Co-Curricular Activities

  • Attending Resume Hacks, Write Winning Applications, Ace Your Interview and Developing Employability Skills workshops run by Careers & Employability to develop effective information literacy skills in a professional context and support transition into graduate roles.
Graduate attributes