A visual-based approach to the mapping of generic skills: its application to a Marketing degree

Lawrence Ang*, Steven D'Alessandro, Hume Winzar

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Abstract

With increasing complexity in the world, universities continue to face pressure to demonstrate that their graduates have acquired skills beyond discipline-based knowledge. These are generic skills like critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, problem-solving and so forth. In order to demonstrate this, universities have to show how their teaching contributes to the fostering of these skills. This can be a challenge for many reasons. Our mapping approach overcomes most of the obstacles by developing multiple indicators for each generic skill, making it easy to involve the lecturers-in-charge, summarising all their evaluations into important dimensions and, finally, representing the data in a three-dimensional visual map. This allows all the marketing subjects to be simultaneously evaluated in their ability to foster different generic skills, generating useful insights for effective curriculum development in a Marketing program. We illustrate this methodology using eight generic skills and 18 marketing subjects from a major Australian university.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-197
Number of pages17
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2014

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