AQF, or the Australian Qualifications Framework, is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework (AQF, 2013). The standards provides us with the guidelines for
  • The learning outcomes for each AQF level and qualification type
  • The specifications for the application of the AQF in the accreditation and development of qualifications (AQF, 2013)

The next step in working towards good subject design is to look at the subject learning outcomes and compare them to the descriptors of the AQF level for the degree the subject serves. By analysing the objectives of a subject, alignment to the required level of AQF can be made. Look at each one of the criteria for the required level and read the descriptors which describe how each level must be met. The criteria and descriptors can be found on the AQF website or linked to here. A glossary of terms has been created and can be found here. More questions have been answered by TEQSA and can be found here.
Task:

Check the objectives of a subject you teach.
Do the learning objectives or outcomes meet the standards for the required AQF level?
Identify what levels are required for your subject and see how the objective meets it.

Ask yourself these questions:

What level do I have to work to as a minimum?
What do I have to teach and what do my students have to learn - content/knowledge, skills - both academic and professional, what application of skills and knowledge to practice?





These pages created by Deb Murdoch, an Academic Lead on the Student Transition and Retention Program at Charles Sturt University and course and subject analyst in the Faculty of Business.


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