Program Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning. Learning outcomes can apply at a unit, program or institutional level. The program has a distinct set of learning outcomes that broadly describe what students can achieve if they successfully take advantage of the learning opportunities provided.

Under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), units and programs are required to have documentation that clearly demonstrates to students and stakeholders what the expected learning outcomes are and how teaching and assessment will provide the best opportunity for these outcomes to be achieved.

The articulation of threshold standards by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) provides an opportunity to review programs holistically to better define what we teach, how and why.

At Macquarie, program learning outcomes align with our Graduate Capabilities. Professional or accreditation bodies may also specify requirements in some disciplines. Macquarie has a 2015 Curriculum Renewal: Stage One Guideline Document to assist the process.

A program specification can be viewed as:

  • information for current and prospective students, professional bodies, regulatory bodies, University teachers, and employers
  • evidence that teaching teams have a common understanding of program coherence
  • an artefact for quality enhancement and assurance processes.

This resource was developed by the Learning and Teaching Centre at Macquarie University.
Comments and feedback are welcome and can be sent to ltc@mq.edu.au