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Diploma in General Studies (D-GENST) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

The Diploma in General Studies is designed to provide students with a broad tertiary study experience, allowing them to develop their knowledge and understanding of their chosen discipline areas, in addition to the skills required for academic scholarship. The course will allow students to develop:

  • A systems thinking approach
  • Appropriate discipline knowledge and the ability to evaluate knowledge gained from a range of scientific, economic and social sources
  • The ability to learn in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
  • The capacity to initiate and maintain cooperative relationships with others, in particular in team-based situations
  • Written and oral communication skills appropriate for university study
  • An aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • Ability to communicate and disseminate knowledge and information in a variety of media
  • Skills to effectively analyse, and evaluate problems and reach appropriate solutions
  • A sense of confidence in their intellectual abilities and enthusiasm for lifelong learning
  • Commitment to improving the sustainability of the environment

Generic skills

The Diploma in General Studies aims to provide students with:

  • The capacity for independent critical thought and inquiry
  • The ability to engage in self- directed learning
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills
  • Enhanced ability to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats; and
  • The ability to participate effectively as part of a team
  • Analytical and problem solving skills

Graduate attributes

Graduates will be expected to:

  • Have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • Have developed knowledge across a range of disciplines
  • Have well developed writing, problem solving and communication skills
  • Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • Be well informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
  • Be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
  • Have a high regard for human rights equity and ethics