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AQF qualification type learning outcomes descriptors – Diploma (AQF Level 5)

2 September 2014

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These descriptors are extracted from the Australian Qualifications Framework.  This post relates to The 34 hour diploma.

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Purpose

The Diploma qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.

 

Knowledge

Graduates of a Diploma will have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning.

Skills

Graduates of a Diploma will have:

  •  cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources
  •  cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
  • specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives
  • communication skills to transfe knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge.

 

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of a Diploma will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  •  with depth in some areas ofspecialisation, in known or changing contexts
  •  to transfer and apply theoreticalconcepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
  • with personal responsibility andautonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality
  •  with initiative and judgement toorganise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally welldefined parameters.
Volume of learning

The volume of learning of a Diploma is typically 1 – 2 years.

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