All academic programmes at Macquarie seek to develop graduate capabilities. These are:
- Discipline Knowledge and Skills
Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.
- Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking
Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher-level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.
- Research and Problem Solving Capability
Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.
INTERPERSONAL and PERSONAL DISPOSITIONS
- Effective Communication
Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats
- Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical citizens
Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues
- Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative
Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.
Note: The numbers listed at the end of each Learning Outcome indicate how it is aligned with the Graduate Capabilities.
The learning outcomes of this unit are:
(Link to graduate capabilities in brackets):
At the completion of this unit students will:
Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of writings by Shakespeare and by his contemporaries;
synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources, and acquire an understanding of rhetorical practices and of genre in early modern British texts;
gain insights into the social environment of early modern British texts, and be able to articulate clearly a coherent argument in written and oral form to a variety of audiences;
think critically and make informed and logical judgments of the arguments of others to arrive at reasoned and meaningful arguments and positions, and formulate and apply ideas to new contexts;
demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and/or scholarship; and
demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships (all outcomes link with 1-4, 6 above).
How LOs work at the level of the unit:
In alignment with the Masters of Research Program aims, the emphasis in the expected learning outcomes is on advanced rather than on introductory or merely competent knowledge and understanding. The level of thinking required of students is such as to enhance and advance their capacities for critical thinking across a range of literary works. Independence of thought, increased self-reflection, and a greater capacity for shaping individual research-essay topics are all expected and encouraged at this level. Students are expected to gain advanced knowledge not just of current scholarship in the field, but of how this scholarship shapes current debates and how their own research practices can engage with and intervene in these debates.
700-Level Learning Outcomes
Acquire a coherent and advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts within a discipline area.
Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods.
Synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources.
Articulate clearly a coherent argument in written and oral form to a variety of audiences.
Think critically and make informed and logical judgments of the arguments of others to arrive at reasoned and meaningful arguments and positions, and formulate and apply ideas to new contexts.
APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS (2):
Demonstrate the ability to apply accumulated knowledge and skills to make decisions in the context of professional practice and/or scholarship.
Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct in research activities and relationships.