Realising Core Graduate Attributes in Computer Science through a CPR (Collaboration-Participation-Relevance) Approach to Teaching

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Miliszewska, Iwona and Tan, Grace (2004) Realising Core Graduate Attributes in Computer Science through a CPR (Collaboration-Participation-Relevance) Approach to Teaching. In: Transforming knowledge into wisdom : holistic approaches to teaching and learning. Sheehy, Frank and Staüble, Barbara, eds. Research and development in higher education (27). Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Milperra, New South Wales, pp. 232-241.


This paper describes an approach to teaching devel oped in response to the introduction of the Core Graduate Attributes (CGA) Policy at Victoria University. The policy recommends that, upon graduation, students be equip ped with a variety of skills including the ability to solve problems, communicate well, work a utonomously and collaboratively, and to perform effectively in diverse settings. The CPR ap proach aims to realise these policy objectives by emphasising collaboration, participat ion and relevance in teaching and learning. This paper reports on the application of the CPR approach to three subjects of an undergraduate Computer Science course. In the first year programming subject, the focus was on honing initiative and collaborative skills. To t his end, group assignments and open-ended scaffolded assignments were introduced as part of t he assessment. The assignments were divided into two parts; part one required a standar d solution, and was to be attempted by all students; part two recommended, and called for, pos sible extensions, allowing students to use their initiative and gain additional marks. The CGA s addressed in the second year Intelligent Systems subject included evaluation and effective m anagement of information, as well as communication and presentation skills. Here, studen t ‘experts’ assumed the roles of lecturers, presenters and demonstrators; they showcased their research, demonstrated applications of commercial software, and presented solutions to per tinent artificial intelligence problems. In the final year Project subject, involving the desig n and implementation of a real-life computer application for an external client, the emphasis wa s on problem solving skills, communication skills, leadership qualities, and personal presenta tion. --Proceedings of the 2004 Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research andf Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) : 4-7 July, Miri, Malaysia

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ISBN 9780908557592, 0908557590
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID7533, graduates, Core Graduate Attributes Policy, curriculum, IT courses, computing, teamwork, PBL, problem based learning, Victoria University, Melbourne
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