USP Postgraduate Outcomes

There are nine (9) University of the South Pacific Postgraduate Outcomes of which seven (7) have corresponding Undergraduate Outcomes. The Postgraduate Outcomes are as follows:

  1. Autonomy – Demonstrate increasing levels of autonomy, initiative and responsibility in scholarly, professional, social and personal decision making.
  2. Collaboration – Demonstrate consultative and collaborative approaches to scholarly enquiry and/or professional practice.
  3. Communications - Communicate ideas effectively, in an appropriate language and format, in a range of contexts, including the professional and scholarly, using ICT tools where suitable.
  4. Creativity - Evaluate the boundaries of current knowledge, theories and practices at the forefront of a discipline.
  5. Critical Thinking - Engage critically with scholarly and professional issues and problems, demonstrating the capacity to manage uncertainty.
  6. Ethics - Demonstrate the ethical standards of the professional code of practice in their discipline, recognizing the implications of their decisions.
  7. Pacific Consciousness – Engage innovatively with the diverse cultural heritage of Pacific Communities to promote sustainable development in a global environment.
  8. Professionalism - Apply the knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of a professional in the discipline.
  9. Research & Scholarships - Demonstrate increasing levels of knowledge of a discipline and the associated skills and methods of research for the advancement of scholarship and/or professional practice.

Postgraduate Rubrics

The Postgraduate Outcomes begin with a general definition to set the threshold for each Outcome and should be able to encapsulate the 3 different PG levels of Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD.

Each level is defined to distinguish the escalation from Postgraduate Diploma, to Masters and finally, to PhD. The Postgraduate Outcomes is a consolidation of several similar Outcomes at appropriate levels (i.e. PGD, Masters and PhD) from the different Frameworks and adapted to suit USP.

DefinitionsPG DiplomaMastersDoctorate
Autonomy

- Demonstrate autonomy, initiative and responsibility in scholarly, professional, social and personal decision-making.
Demonstrate emerging levels of autonomy, initiative and responsibility in scholarly, professional, social and personal decision-making.Demonstrate increasing levels of autonomy, initiative and responsibility in scholarly, professional, social and personal decision-making.Demonstrate substantial autonomy, initiative, responsibility and critical questioning in scholarly, professional, social and personal decision-making.
Collaboration

- Demonstrate consultative and collaborative approaches to scholarly enquiry and/or professional practice.
Participate in consultative and collaborative approaches to scholarly enquiry and/or professional practice.Contribute to consultative and collaborative approaches to scholarly enquiry and/or professional practice.Demonstrate leadership in consultative and collaborative approaches to scholarly enquiry and/or professional practice.
Communication & ICT Literacy

- Articulate ideas in written and oral modes across a range of contexts, including the professional and scholarly, using ICT tools where suitable.
Articulate ideas effectively in written and oral modes across a range of contexts, including the professional and scholarly, using ICT tools where suitable.Articulate complex ideas effectively in written and oral modes across a range of contexts, especially the professional and scholarly, using ICT tools where suitableArticulate complex ideas convincingly in written and oral modes across a range of contexts, especially the professional and scholarly, using ICT tools where suitable.
Creativity

- Expand the boundaries of current knowledge, theories and practices at the forefront of a discipline.
Review the boundaries of current knowledge, theories and practices at the forefront of a discipline.Critique current knowledge, theories and practices at the forefront of a discipline.Extend the boundaries of current knowledge, theories and practices at the forefront of a discipline.
Critical Thinking

- Engage critically with scholarly and professional issues, demonstrating the capacity to solve problems and manage uncertainty.
Engage critically with scholarly and professional issues, demonstrating the capacity to evaluate problems and manage uncertainty.Engage critically with scholarly and professional issues, demonstrating the capacity to solve problems and manage uncertainty.Engage critically with scholarly and professional issues, demonstrating the capacity to formulate and/or solve complex problems and manage uncertainty.
Ethics

- Demonstrate the ethical standards of the professional code of practice in their discipline, recognising the implications of their decisions.
Demonstrate the ethical standards of the professional code of practice in their discipline, recognising the implications of their decisions.Demonstrate the ethical standards of the professional code of practice in their discipline, taking responsibility for decisions and their implications.Apply critically the ethical standards of the professional code of practice in their discipline, recognising the complexities of their decisions and implications.
Pacific Consciousness

- Engage innovatively with the diverse cultural heritages of Pacific Communities to support sustainable development in a global environment.
Reflect on the discipline in the context of the diverse cultural heritages of Pacific communities, to support sustainable development in a global environmentCritique the discipline in the context of the diverse cultural heritages of Pacific communities, to support sustainable development in a global environmentGenerate innovative ways of engaging the diverse cultural heritages of Pacific communities to support sustainable development in a global environment
Professionalism

- Apply the knowledge, skills and standards expected of a professional in the discipline, demonstrating the capacity for leadership and continual improvement.
Apply the knowledge, skills and standards expected of a professional in the discipline.Apply the knowledge, skills and standards expected of a professional in the discipline, reflecting on areas for leadership and improvement.Apply the knowledge, skills and standards expected of a professional in the discipline, demonstrating the capacity for leadership and continual improvement.
Research & Scholarship

- Demonstrate increasing levels of knowledge of a field and the associated skills and methods of research for the advancement of scholarship and/or professional practice.
Demonstrate broad knowledge of a field and the associated skills and methods of research for the advancement of scholarship and/or professional practice.Demonstrate specialised knowledge of a field and the associated skills and methods of research for the advancement of scholarship and/or professional practice.Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of a field and the associated skills and methods of research for the advancement of scholarship and/or professional practice.