Aligning course outcomes educational standards frameworks

Monash offers courses that:

  • align with the strategic and educational priorities of the University
  • are consistent with the academic standards of the University, as set out in University policies
  • develop graduate attributes
  • are consistent with the Australian (and where relevant Malaysian (MQF) and South African (HEQF)) Qualifications Frameworks, and which demonstrate alignment with the Bologna Process.

Monash Graduate Attributes

The Monash Graduate Attributes are consistent with the University's strategic aspirations and they underpin Monash's coursework courses. Monash University prepares its graduates to be:

(1.) responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross-cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(2.) critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to a range of challenges
  • communicate perceptively and effectively.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

The AQF is a taxonomic structure consisting of levels and qualification types, each of which is defined by learning outcomes. The ten AQF levels define the relative complexity, depth and autonomy that need to be demonstrated by students in order to graduate. AQF level 1 has the lowest complexity and AQF level 10 has the highest complexity. The levels are defined by criteria expressed as 'learning outcomes', which are organized into three types: 'knowledge', 'skills' and 'application of knowledge and skills'. They will ensure Australian qualifications are nationally consistent and internationally comparable.

For further information on the AQF, please visit the AQF website.

Bologna Process

In 1999, 27 European nations agreed to create a transnational Higher Education Area by introducing common degree cycle and credit transfer systems, and by agreeing to support enhanced student and staff mobility and cooperation in quality assurance. By 2010, the cohort of participating countries had expanded to 47, and countries outside of the EU had engaged with the Bologna process via formal treaties. Participation in the Bologna Process has the following benefits:

  • greater opportunity for labour mobility, articulation and lifelong learning as a consequence of international qualification recognition
  • more efficient sharing of teaching and curriculum expertise and resources through joint degree programs, use of e-learning
  • technologies and doctoral training centres
  • graduate preparation for an international and intercultural job market through mobility opportunities
  • adoption of ‘best of group’ approaches to quality assurance through peer audits and learning exercises.

For further information on the Bologna Process, please visit the Bologna Cycle website.