A generic approach for Science

Brian Yates


Along with most other universities in Australia, our university and our faculty have developed policies relating to the teaching of generic attributes. Recently a team of us (Brian Yates – School of Chemistry, Julian Dermoudy – School of Computing, Christine Evans – Science Library, Greg Hannan – School of Psychology, Sue Jones – School of Zoology, Kristen Karsh – Centre for Advancement of Learning and Teaching, and Jon Osborn – School of Geography and Environmental Studies) received a UTAS Teaching Development Grant to design a generic attributes curriculum for a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The objectives of this project are:
1. Develop Faculty of SET and discipline-specific statements of generic graduate attributes
2. Develop a generic attributes curriculum for each discipline
3. Map current teaching against that curriculum, and
4. Develop a Faculty-wide approach for coordinating the incorporation of generic attributes into the degrees offered by the Faculty.

This project has brought together staff from across a number of science departments together with support staff from two key areas that feed into the teaching and learning at our university. An example of how the project has been applied for the discipline of chemistry is described in this poster.

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