Program learning goals and outcomes

Program Learning Goals reflect what we want UNSW Australia Business School students to HAVE or BE by the time they successfully complete their undergraduate or postgraduate degree program, regardless of their individual majors or specialisations. For example, we want all our undergraduate students to HAVE a high level of business knowledge, and a sound awareness of ethical, social, cultural and environmental implications of business. As well, we want all our undergraduates to BE effective problem-solvers, communicators and team participants.

Program Learning Outcomes specify what students should be able to DO by the end of their program as a way of demonstrating their achievement of the Learning Goals. For example, students can demonstrate their skills as critical thinkers and problems-solvers by being able to identify, research and analyse issues in business situations and propose well-justified solutions.

Business School Undergraduate Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

  1. Knowledge: Our graduates will have in-depth disciplinary knowledge applicable in local and global contexts.
    Students should be able to select and apply disciplinary knowledge to business situations in a local and global environment.
  2. Critical thinking and problem solving: Our graduates will be critical thinkers and effective problem solvers.
    Students should be able to identify and research issues in business situations, analyse the issues, and propose appropriate and well-justified solutions.
  3. Communication: Our graduates will be effective professional communicators.
  4. * Students should be able to prepare written documents that are clear and concise, using appropriate style and presentation for the intended audience, purpose and context.
    * Students should be able to prepare and deliver oral presentations that are clear, focused, well-structured, and delivered in a professional manner.

  5. Teamwork: Our graduates will be effective team participants.
    Students should be able to participate collaboratively and responsibly in teams, and reflect on their own teamwork, and on the team’s processes and ability to achieve outcomes.
  6. Ethical, social and environmental responsibility: Our graduates will have a sound awareness of the ethical, social, cultural and environmental implications of business practice.
  7. * Students should be able to identify and assess ethical, environmental and/or sustainability considerations in business decision-making and practice.
    * Students should be able to identify social and cultural implications of business situation.

Each course in a program of study contributes to the development of two or more Program Learning Goals and Outcomes by providing opportunities for students to practise these skills and to be assessed and receive feedback. Students are strongly encouraged to choose a range of courses to help them achieve all the Program Learning Goals and Outcomes, and to keep a record of their achievements as part of their portfolio.

Course outlines

The Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Goals and Outcomes.

It is not expected that all Program Learning Outcomes will be developed in a single course or to an equal extent. However, students should be able to clearly identify where and how they are being addressed during their degree.

Assessment rubrics

Assessment rubrics have been developed to assist staff in developing consistent marking criteria to assess Program Learning Outcomes throughout the degree programs. These are available for staff on Connect.

Quality Assurance of Learning Goals and Outcomes

The Business School adheres to the UNSW standards-based Assessment Policy (2012) and Procedures (2013) which require students to be assessed against program learning goals and outcomes and/or graduate capabilities, using clearly-defined criteria and descriptions of performance standards. This aligns with processes required by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Assurance of Learning (AoL) processes include collecting and analysing student performance results against our Learning Outcomes to monitor the effectiveness of learning and teaching and to inform continuous improvement of the curriculum.