The Project

The AgLTAS project aims to develop a National Academic Standards Statement for agriculture – representing what a student in Agriculture and related disciplines should know, understand and be able to do on graduation.

Several Australian discipline groups have published Standards Statements, contributing to the national regulation and quality assurance framework currently being developed in the higher education sector.

The Standards Statement for Science [1] included a statement describing the nature and extent of science, a set of Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) and explanatory notes on the interpretation of the TLOs.

The aims of the AgLTAS project are to develop a National Academic Standards Statement for Agriculture and related disciplines, aligned with the Science Standards Statement, which will encompass:

1) The nature and extent of the Agriculture discipline;
2) Threshold Learning Outcomes for Agriculture.

The project is led by the University of Tasmania , with collaboration from The University of AdelaideUniversity of Western Sydney and Charles Sturt University.

Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Published

In November 2014 the project team published the final version of the Statement. Download the Learning and Teaching Academics Standards Statement for Agriculture (PDF)

This final version includes an introduction to the project, explanatory notes, benchmarking against the AQF and acknowledgements.

The Statement is the result of an extensive consultation process between academics, students and industry across Australia. It will facilitate the implementation of academic standards by the agriculture discipline community, inform curriculum design and assist in identifying marketing opportunities for degrees.

The Statement includes five key Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for bachelor degrees in agriculture:

• Knowledge
• Understanding
• Inquiry and Problem Solving
• Communication
• Personal and Professional Responsibility

Higher education providers are encouraged to build on these TLOs as they design and deliver programs that reflect their particular strengths and priorities.

We hope that you find the document interesting, informative and most importantly, a reference point for the review of course learning outcomes and assessment.

Hard copies of the Statement will be distributed in December. If you would like to receive a hard copy, please contact our Project Officer: phoebe.bobbi@utas.edu.au

 

The AgLTAS project is funded by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching

This study has been approved by the Tasmanian Social Science Human Research Ethics Committee. HREC Number: H0013526.


1. Jones, S., B. Yates, and J. Kelder, Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Science, 2011.

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