Faculty of Science Graduate Qualities
"Graduate Qualities" are the aspirational qualities that students will progressively develop through their learning experiences at UOW.
The Graduate Qualities are a way of expressing the types of skills and knowledge which assist students to better students of their chosen discipline and become lifelong learners. Graduate Qualities aren't achieved in a single subject - their development is an ongoing process across an entire program of study. Learning in some subjects may focus more on the development of particular Graduate Qualities.
The University of Wollongong Faculty of Science Graduate Qualities set out in the table below represent the knowledge, skills and values that students will progressively develop through their learning experiences in the Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Science Graduate Qualities build on, and contextualise the five UOW Graduate Qualities.
The Graduate Qualities aren’t achieved in a single subject – their development is an ongoing process across an entire program and continues after graduation. The emphasis or focus placed on each Graduate Quality may differ from subject to subject and between each learning activity or assessment task.
|UOW Graduate Qualities||Science Graduate Qualities|
Have a sound knowledge of an area of study or profession and understand its current issues, locally and internationally. Know how to apply this knowledge. Understand how an area of study has developed and how it relates to other areas.
|Comprehensive knowledge of an area of Science and well-developed skills in using relevant technologies|
|Awareness of the international context in which advances in Science are made and applied|
Engage with new ideas and ways of thinking and critically analyse issues. Seek to extend knowledge through ongoing research, enquiry and reflection. Find and evaluate information, using a variety of sources and technologies. Acknowledge the work and ideas of others.
|Critical thinking skills|
|Scientific approach to the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of data|
|Independence in seeking to extend knowledge through ongoing research, enquiry and reflection|
Take on challenges and opportunities. Apply creative, logical and critical thinking skills to respond effectively. Make and implement decisions. Be flexible, thorough, innovative and aim for high standards.
|Application of creative, logical and critical thinking to scientific problems|
Articulate ideas and convey them effectively using a range of media. Work collaboratively and engage with people in different settings. Recognise how culture can shape communication.
|Well-developed written, oral & aural communication|
|Effective collaboration and teamwork across a range of settings and cultures|
Understand how decisions can affect others and make ethically informed choices. Appreciate and respect diversity. Act with integrity as part of local, national, global and professional communities.
|Ethical decision making|
|Respect for diverse opinions, professions, and cultures|
Find out more at the UOW Graduate Qualities website.