Over the last three years, the Environmental College of Engineers Australia has been involved with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) (now the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)), funded project entitled: Defining your Discipline (DYD) to Facilitate Curriculum Renewal in Undergraduate Programs.
The aims of this project were to:
- Identify and develop an efficient, effective and inclusive consultation process that can be used by discipline stakeholders to define graduate outcomes for a discipline
- To use the consultative process to deliver nationally agreed graduate outcomes for environmental engineering
This has now been completed and the two reports from this project have now been published.
The outcomes of this project are titled: “The DYD Stakeholder Consultation Process: A User Guide” and “A Graduate Capability Framework for Environmental Engineering Degree Programs: A Guide for Australian Universities”.
The Environmental College are using results of this process to contribute to existing guidelines for accrediting environmental engineering courses across Australia (Stage 1 competencies) and as input to guidelines for assessing and auditing applications for NPER (Environmental), which requires Stage 2 competencies to be assessed. It is envisaged that universities will use this graduate capability framework to develop and review their environmental engineering courses.
Visit the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) website
A media release outlining the Defining Your Discipline (DYD) project on the University of Southern Queensland website gives more background information.