Capabilities are demonstrated "when we see people with justified confidence in their ability to take effective and appropriate action; explain what they are about; live and work effectively with others; and continue to learn from their experiences" (Stephenson, 1998 - see below).
Key outcomes for capable graduates
Apart from knowledge, which is extremely important, graduates need to develop and evidence generic capabilities. Recent research proposes that, as society changes, key graduate outcomes must include:
- Written and oral communication and professional and personal digital safety
- Critical and analytical thinking, with increasing emphasis on creative and reflective thinking
- Ethical and inclusive engagement with communities, cultures and nations, understanding history, politics and international relations
- Learning and working collaboratively, including across time zones and using digital channels
- Learning and working independently, highlighting resilience and mental wellbeing
- Problem-solving including generating ideas, innovative solutions and sustainable business models
- Information literacy, emphasising the ability to judge the veracity of information.
These outcomes are more likely when they are integrated and contextualised with discipline knowledge and purposefully designed as a course experience, assured at multiple points: