Contextualised Graduate Attributes

Information literacy, learning and research skills

Graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will be able to use information effectively in a range of contexts and create new knowledge and understanding through writing and literacy skills and the process of research and inquiry.

  • To recognise the extent of information needed
  • To locate available information efficiently and effectively
  • To use language clearly and effectively
  • To organise and evaluate information and its sources
  • To use information in critical thinking, making informed judgements, solving problem, and in constructing knowledge and arguments
  • To understand economic, legal, social, cultural and other issues that may arise in using information to use contemporary media and technology
  • To critically evaluate existing understandings and recognise limitations with their own knowledge
  • To be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
  • To be able to think rigorously and independently
  • To be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
  • To be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems and contexts
  • To be able to formulate strategies to learn and meet new challenges
  • To be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, engage in continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
  • To have a personal vision and goals, and ability to work towards them through strategic and intuitive analysis and interpretation

Technical skills and knowledge

Graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will be able to use engage with and draw upon extensive technical knowledge and skills effectively, efficiently and professionally across a range of contexts and disciplines.

  • To demonstrate specific skills relevant to the discipline of study (such as specific scientific; environmental; structural; digital program and interface manipulation; or planning procedure based skills)

Documentation, techniques of representation and communication

Graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will recognise and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, interacting with others, and furthering their own learning.

  • To use oral, visual, and other forms of communication, demonstration and documentation
  • To make effective use of oral, visual and other forms of communication to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
  • To be able relate to, and interact and work with others using a range of forms of communication

Design, planning and problem solving

Graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will be able to critically and creatively design, innovate and solve problems using diverse skills and knowledge in a range of contexts.

  • To be able to creatively problem solve and innovate
  • To demonstrate proficiency in design procedure and technique
  • To approach problems through both particular and generalised methods of analysis and critique
  • To synthesise specialised information into a coherent project
  • To identify and formulate problems, and to envisage and enact processes in response to them
  • To be able to exercise critical thinking and judgement in creating new understanding
  • To be able think critically, creatively and imaginatively

Theoretical, social and/or historic engagement

Graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will be able to critically and contextually draw upon an extensive body of historical theoretical, social and political knowledge when thinking through ideas and issues.

  • To think abstractly, conceptually and critically engage with ideas
  • To explore a critical inquiry through a historic, theoretical, philosophical, social, political or cultural framework
  • To be able to demonstrate a critical and independent inquiry into specialized fields of political, theoretic, social or historical thought
  • To be able to philosophically inquire and interrogate conceptually socio-political, environmental and historical notions

Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics

Graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will hold personal values and beliefs consistent with their role as responsible members of local, national, international and professional communities.

  • To acknowledge ethical responsibilities
  • To acknowledge their personal responsibility for their own value judgments and behaviour
  • To understand and accept social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities
  • To be committed to social justice and principles of sustainability
  • To have an appreciation of and respect for diversity
  • To hold a perspective that acknowledges local, national, and international concerns
  • To engage with and question the principles, values, methods and scope of one’s discipline

Professionalism: Collaboration and practice

Graduates of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will have an understanding of collaborative practice and professional procedure, financial, legal and practice management.

  • To work with and manage others in ways that value their diversity and equality
  • To be able to recognise the processes of working within a team and collaborate with others in the development of a project
  • To be able to mediate, provide methods of conflict resolution and resolve issues collaboratively
  • To be able to demonstrate effective collaborative organisational skills in the development of a specific task
  • To be able to work within legislative, practical and financial constraints

Draft Version: Comments or suggestions?
Please contact Dr Rob Saunders, Chair, Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee, 9306 6379,