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Graduate Qualities at Sydney Business School
In studying for a degree at Sydney Business School, you acquire more than the theoretical knowledge associated with a specific discipline, you also develop qualities such as the ability to communicate effectively, respect for diversity and skills such as the ability to evaluate and use information to address a question or problem.
These Graduate Qualities are not achieved in a single subject - their development is an ongoing process across an entire program of study. They are important to you as an individual but also important to employers who seek graduates who can demonstrate that they have developed these qualities.
Graduate qualities have been identified for each Masters and Doctoral program at Sydney Business School, based on the Graduate Qualities listed here:
Understanding Business Theory and Practice
Sound understanding of business theory and practice and how to apply them in the real world. Understand current issues. Understand how different aspects of business and management relate to each other and how they may apply in different industries and organisations.
Intelligent use of Information
Find and evaluate information, using a variety of sources and technologies. Acknowledge the work and ideas of others. Critically analyse the information found and use it to address specific questions. Be open to new ideas. Question and challenge received ideas, using evidence to support one's point of view.
Taking initiative. Using oral and written communication skills, presentation skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills. Being organised, managing one's time and priorities.
Responsible and Ethical Behaviour
Understand how decisions can affect others and make ethically informed choices. Appreciate and respect diversity. Act with personal and professional integrity as part of local, national, global and professional communities.
Creative Problem Solving
Take on challenges and opportunities. Apply creative, research, logical and critical thinking skills to respond effectively. Prioritise issues, make and implement decisions. Be flexible, thorough, innovative and aim for high standards
Learning and Professional Development
Awareness of importance of keeping up to date with knowledge of the issues, theories and practices of management and specific disciplines. Commitment to life-long learning and professional development
For Higher Research Degrees or Degrees with a Research Subject, an additional Graduate Quality has been defined:
Independent High Quality Research
Ability to conduct independent ethical research using appropriate methodologies and data analysis. Report its outcomes to a range of national and international audiences using an appropriate format and language. Make a contribution to professional practice.
Portfolio of Achievement
Students should record their own progress in developing graduate qualities in a portfolio of achievement. This could include, for example:
- assignments which demonstrate understanding of business theory and practice and intelligent use of information
- taking initiative and working successfully with students from other cultures on a group presentation demonstrating leadership, teamwork and respect for diversity
- reflections on in-class activities which demonstrate research, logic and creative thinking skills
- becoming a student member of a relevant professional association, demonstrating a commitment to professional development
The portfolio can be shown to potential employers or in support of applications for membership or chartered status of professional associations.