Threshold Learning Outcomes

Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) are the set of knowledge, skills and competencies that a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate after the completion of a bachelor degree program. The TLOs define the student achievements for a pass level graduate.

The Science TLOs provide 'a foundation for articulating and developing the higher education science curriculum, and for improving learning and teaching in science at the university level (Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project). As such, they should be used alongside the The Faculty of Science statements of graduate attributes and The University's signature experience of Engaged Enquiry to guide and inform the renewal of science curricula, teaching activities and assessments.

Science TLOs

The Science TLOs define the minimum set of outcomes for graduates of bachelor degrees in science (including but not specifically the BSc). These TLOs define the common outcomes for all disciplinary areas within the science discipline grouping.

The Science TLOs are grouped into 5 categories:

  1. Understanding science
  2. Scientific knowledge
  3. Inquiry and problem solving
  4. Communication
  5. Personal and professional responsibility.

A full description of the TLOs is given in the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Science. Note that the TLOs are not equally weighted across the degree program and the numbering above does not imply a hierarchical order of importance.

Mapping Threshold Learning Outcomes

The threshold learning outcomes developed in individual units of study can be described in the unit of study outline housed on the eLearning site. The outline will then also describe how this development is assessed. TLO development over a collection of units, such as a major, can be mapped using the Faculty of Science unit of study database.