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Graduates of the Faculty of Science will be able to create new knowledge and understanding through the process of developing their personal skills.

Self Management
Self-Management is the ability to manage your personal reactions to responsibilities and challenges in work and life. This involves managing your time and adapting to changing situations. It requires you to reflect on your experiences and their effect on your physical and mental state. Self-Management requires the Background Skills of Reflection, Self Awareness, Planning and Monitoring, Time Management, Flexibility and Self-Appraisal.

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Independent Learning
Independent Learning is the ability to recognise gaps in your knowledge and acquire it independently. It is the capacity and desire to continue to learn, beyond the structured classroom of school and university. It requires resourcefulness, drive, initiative and planning. Independent learning requires self-motivation and knowledge of your personal learning styles and preferences. Independent Learning requires the Background Skills of Planning and Monitoring, Time Management, Flexibility, Self-Appraisal, Self-Management and Reflection.

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Goal Skills
Goal Skills is the ability to create, plan for and achieve personal and professional goals. Examining what is important to you allows you to direct your attention and efforts towards those things, by setting long-term and short-term goals. Goal Skills require the ability to set specific, time-framed goals that are personally attractive, realistic in scope and that have definable outcomes. Goal Achievement requires motivation and tenacity, and the Background Skills of Goal Setting, Self-Appraisal, Flexibility, Planning and Monitoring, and Reflection.

 

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Background Skills

Reflection:

  • Contemplating past experiences to consider their consequences (for example, on your state of mind, your emotions and feelings, your relationships with others, your behaviour or your plans for the future).
  • Being aware of your own motivations, needs and desires. Thinking about how you respond to people and situations, and about how your actions are perceived by others.
  • Learning from this process of contemplation and awareness, for example through identifying ways to change negative behaviour, feelings or attitudes, or by creating new strategies towards achieving a goal.

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Self-awareness

  • The perception of your skills, knowledge, responsibilities and value, both professionally and personally.
  • Being able to acknowledge your talents and feel confident about yourself and what you can do (including the ability to improve on and gain new talents and skills).

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Flexibility:

  • Being able to adapt to new situations, by applying your skills in different areas, or by acquiring new skills as needed (such as using your mentoring skills from your sports coaching in your new job as manager of casual staff at a retail store)
  • Being committed to working constructively with people with different values, backgrounds, views and levels of understanding.

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Time Management

  • Identifying the different demands on your limited time, setting priorities, and scheduling your time according to your goals, responsibilities and needs - including the need for relaxation, reflection and a social life (for example, using a planner to schedule obligations and keep track of appointments and commitments).
  • Being aware of your personal time preferences and using these to your advantage to maximise effectiveness and minimise stress (for example, you may be a morning person who thinks more clearly just after sunrise - use this time wisely).

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Commitment

  • Being dependable, trustworthy and putting everything into your work
  • Willingness to commit an obligation to your goals and persevering towards those goals
  • Possessing a determination to achieve success, focusing on the target of your commitments

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Goal Setting

  • Examining your interests, desires, commitments and responsibilities, identifying goals that are important to you and committing to working towards achieving those goals (such as deciding that you want to use the experience you have gained as a uni student, so setting a goal to become a mentor for first-years students)
  • Setting realistic, clearly-defined goals with a specific time-frame, where progress can be measured and success judged unambiguously (for example, "I will be healthier" is not a good goal, because it is vague - but "I want to exercise three times a week for 30 minutes" is better)
  • Tracking your progress, adjusting and adding goals as a way of continually monitoring your development in life.

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Planning and Monitoring

  • Developing a detailed, realistic strategy to solve a problem or reach a goal.
  • Anticipating problems or constraints, regularly reviewing and adjusting plans to accommodate changes in your situation and priorities.
  • Assessing the success of a strategy in reaching the original goal, within the set time frame, resource and budget allocations.

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Self-appraisal

  • Objectively analysing your own situation, skills and qualities, recognising your strengths and weaknesses, and acknowledging areas for improvement (such as honestly describing your strengths and weaknesses at the beginning of a gym training session, so that you and your trainer can identify areas for you to work on)
  • Reflecting on and accurately judging your efforts and progress (for example, if you have a setback along the way, making an effort not to let it get you down, but rather acknowledging how much progress you have made to that point).
  • Identifying areas of your life where you would like to increase your knowledge or skills, and setting goals to meet those aims (for example, if you don't understand how to use the university library to research an assignment topic, you might set this as a personal learning goal - and in so doing, you would gain skills valuable for the rest of your studies and life beyond university.)

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