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The Centre for Academic Support and Innovation

The Faculty of the Professions Learning and Teaching staff will be working together in a new unit called the Professions Centre for Academic Support and Innovation. The Centre for Academic Support and Innovation is responsible for devising and implementing the strategies and operational plans in the Faculty of the Professions for the development and maintenance of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience.

Professions Learning & Teaching Intranet is your one stop shop for all information, forms, policies, people, events and news about learning and teaching in the Professions.

Our staff are here to help you. Contact us through prof_learnteach@adelaide.edu.au or Ingrid Day on 831 32528.

Learning & Teaching

Student engagement through quality learning is central to the business of the Faculty of Professions and the Faculty of the Professions Learning and Teaching Strategic Action Plan which is aligned with the University's primary goals:

  • To provide a distinctive learning experience of high quality for our students, and to produce graduates whose knowledge and attributes enable them to have significant impact within their communities.
  • To ensure that the University of Adelaide is regarded as the University of first choice for students through excellent program offerings, innovative delivery and high quality supervision of research, and the provision of quality student administration and support services.

The Faculty values the diverse learning community of students preparing for a range of professions in the Faculty and acknowledges that each student engages in learning in different ways based on their background educational experiences and their socio-cultural identity. We value this diversity and strive to shape our teaching to be responsive to individual differences through state of the art pedagogies, flexible approaches to course delivery and technologically enhanced learning opportunities.

Further we have strong relationships with industry partners so that the knowledge construction that underpins learning in this Faculty results in graduates who demonstrate professional attributes that are highly respected in the field, both locally and internationally.


Professions Graduate Attributes

The University of Adelaide is a research-intensive university that seeks to develop graduates of international distinction by providing high quality education.

The University defines the philosophy underpinning its teaching programs through the Graduate Attributes. These describe the qualities, knowledge and capabilities that students are encouraged to take responsibility for developing throughout their studies at the University. The Graduate Attributes are not a list of skills to be mastered; rather, they encapsulate for both students and the wider community the defining characteristics of a student's university degree program(s), and describe a set of characteristics that are designed to be transferable beyond the particular disciplinary context in which they have been developed. While Graduate Attributes are fostered in the context of the curriculum, they are also developed within the total university experience as they encourage students to reflect on the broader purpose of their university education.

  • 1. Deep discipline knowledge
    • Our graduates hold relevant professional skills which are:
      • accredited or validated against national or international standards
      • acquired from personal interaction with research active or aware educators from year 1
      • developed through experience and access to relevant data and materials
      • the basis for the capability for future learning and application in complex contexts
  • 2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Our graduates are able to provide creative and innovative solutions to problems,
    • by applying ways of thinking which are steeped in the research methods of their disciplines,
    • based on:
      • the use of valid reliable quantitative and qualitative evidence
      • a professionally relevant and academically rigorous approach to managing information and knowledge, and
      • familiarity with real life contexts, honed through workplace-based learning
  • 3. Teamwork and communication skills
    • Our graduates' teamwork and communication skills are encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning.
    • Those skills:
      • are built through extensive experience of working cooperatively in small groups, including through the small group discovery experience, and
      • include the capability to communicate with different audiences, in multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of modes
  • 4. Career and leadership readiness
    • Our graduates:
      • are technology savvy
      • are professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
      • are forward thinking and well informed
      • have capabilities tested and validated through structured and supervised work-based experiences, and
      • have a commitment to contribute to desirable social outcomes in our community
  • 5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    • Our graduates:
      • are adept at operating in other cultures and other groups in our community
      • are comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
      • have an international study experience
      • can operate ethically in complex contexts, and
      • have an understanding of indigenous knowledges.
  • 6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Our graduates have the experience of developing their capacities for self-awareness, reflection, and processing emotional information to operate more effectively in the workplace and social situations.

Faculty of the Professions

10 Pulteney Street
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Professions Student Support Hub

Level 3, Hub Central
Ph: +61 8 8313 4755
Email: professions@ask.adelaide.edu.au
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