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Developing graduate qualities

In most program and course outlines you will find a graduate qualities profile. This small table indicates how much attention will be focused on each quality. The focus can be through to the facts you learn, or the method by which you learn. For example you might be required to write a paper about communication in the workplace (facts), or you might learn communication skills by having to interview people, regardless of the content of the assignment (method). The seven qualities don't need to be equally emphasised - it depends on the program or course.

Each quality has indicators that list some of the ways in which they can be developed. These indicators are general, and you will need to think of examples from your discipline. 

Your growing skills and abilities will be assessed as an integral part of a course’s assessment tasks. The results will allow you to identify gaps and move to fill them - by enrolling in a particular optional course, or getting assistance to improve a skill. In this way will be taking charge of your own learning and amassing evidence of your achievements to show prospective employers.

Graduate qualities are also gained from your life outside study. Experiences such as student employment, playing team sports, travelling or being part of community organisations all help in skills development.