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Designing and mapping a generic attributes curriculum for science undergraduate students: a faculty-widecollaborative project

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Jones, SM, Dermoudy, J, Hannan, GJ, James, SA, Osborn, JE and Yates, BF 2007 , 'Designing and mapping a generic attributes curriculum for science undergraduate students: a faculty-widecollaborative project', paper presented at the National UniServe Conference, 26-28/9/07, Sydney.

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Abstract

Despite much emphasis in the recent literature (including a special issue of Higher Education
Research and Development in 2004), the implementation of generic attributes curricula have been
patchy, both within and between universities worldwide (Barrie 2006; Jones 2002; Drummond,
Nixon and Wiltshire 1998). However, the benefits of explicitly incorporating generic graduate
attributes into the undergraduate curriculum are widely recognised (see reviews by Barrie 2006;
Jones 2002): the identification of generic graduate attributes should focus the planning,
implementation and evaluation of curricula by faculties and schools so that teaching and learning
strategies and assessment activities reflect a commitment to supporting students to achieve generic
skills and capabilities, as well as discipline-related knowledge and skills. As a result, students will be
better prepared for the workplace, having developed a broad range of capabilities such as problemsolving,
critical evaluation and teamwork in addition to discipline-related expertise (Candy 2000).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Jones, SM and Dermoudy, J and Hannan, GJ and James, SA and Osborn, JE and Yates, BF
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