Unit, course and graduate learning outcome alignment


Deakin has developed a set of graduate learning outcomes (GLOs) that describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates are expected to demonstrate at the completion of their course. Every unit, including your unit, will contribute to students’ achievement towards one or more of the GLOs. As courses are developed, the learning outcomes of each unit are considered.

If a new unit is being created, the learning outcomes will be written to incorporate an aspect of the GLOs assessed in the course. If an existing unit is being incorporated into a course, then the ULOs will be reviewed and changed as required to fit the requirements of the course/s in which the unit is core.

It is critical that Unit Chairs develop ULOs that align to the GLOs and to the associated CLOs. It is also imperative that:

  • unit assessment provides opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement towards the GLOs
  • course materials support students’ development of the GLOs associated with your unit.

If you need help with developing ULOs and align with GLOs, please contact Learning Innovations: bl-learninginnovations@deakin.edu.au

GLO1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or professionGLO5 Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems
GLO2 Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect changeGLO6 Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions
GLO3 Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate informationGLO7 Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds
GLO4 Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgmentGLO8 Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context

Unit guides must identify which GLOs are being explicitly taught, practiced and assessed in the unit and describe how the unit contributes to student learning in this area.

Only GLOs that have been assigned to you unit, and are directly assessed, are to be included in the Unit Guide.

More information on the GLOs and Deakin’s approach to curriculum design can be found in the Leading Courses Guide.