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Newton, S., & Goldsmith, R. (April, 2011). Setting Academic Standards for Tertiary Education in the Construction Industry. Paper presented at 36th Annual Conference for Australian University Building Educators, Bond University, Gold Coast.


The Australian Government recently established a new national regulatory and quality agency for higher education, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). TEQSA will register providers, carry out evaluations of standards and performance, protect and assure the quality of international education and streamline current regulatory arrangements. As a precursor to TEQSA, the Australian Teaching and Learning Council has been commissioned to work with clusters of discipline communities to begin to specify how threshold learning outcomes particular to each discipline might be used as a basis for academic standards. This paper details the work of the Building and Construction discipline. A draft set of six TLOs have been developed to benchmark the graduate outcomes from Bachelor-level study in building and construction management in Australia. The draft TLOs have broad consensus agreement across the building and construction discipline and are evidence-based. It remains for the TLOs to be made more specific through further notes and examples, and for the representation of industry, students and recent graduates in the process to be improved.



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