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Queen's University
 

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations

UDLEs Explained

DLEs Explained – The Six Expectations
There are six  Degree Level Expectations. They are:

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge Knowledge of MethodologiesApplication of KnowledgeCommunication SkillsAwareness of Limits of KnowledgeAutonomy and Professional Capacity

Baccalaureate/Bachelor's Degree Baccalaureate/Bachelor's Degree: Honours

1.

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge

a) a general knowledge and understanding of many key concepts, methodologies, theoretical approaches and assumptions in a discipline
a) a developed knowledge of the key concepts, methodologies, current advances, theoretical approaches and assumptions in a discipline overall, as well as in a specialized area of a discipline
b) a broad understanding of some of the major fields in a discipline, including, where appropriate, from an interdisciplinary perspective, and how the fields may intersect with fields in related disciplines
b) a developed understanding of many of the major fields in a discipline, including, where appropriate, from an interdisciplinary perspective, and how the fields may intersect with fields in related disciplines
c) an ability to gather, review, evaluate and interpret information relevant to one or more of the major fields in a discipline
c) a developed ability to: i) gather, review, evaluate and interpret information; and ii) compare the merits of alternate hypotheses or creative options, relevant to one or more of the major fields in a discipline
d) some detailed knowledge in an area of the discipline
d) a developed, detailed knowledge of and experience in research in an area of the discipline
e) critical thinking and analytical skills inside and outside the discipline
e) developed critical thinking and analytical skills inside and outside the discipline
f) the ability to apply learning from one or more areas outside the discipline
f) the ability to apply learning from one or more areas outside the discipline

2.

Knowledge of Methodologies

… an understanding of methods of enquiry or creative activity, or both, in their primary area of study that enables the student to:

  • evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems using well established ideas and techniques; and
  • devise and sustain arguments or solve problems using these methods.

… an understanding of methods of enquiry or creative activity, or both, in their primary area of study that enables the student to:

  • evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems using well established ideas and techniques;
  • devise and sustain arguments or solve problems using these methods; and
  • describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research or equivalent advanced scholarship.

3.

Application of Knowledge

a) qualities and transferable skills necessary for further study, employment, community involvement and other activities requiring:
  • the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making;
  • working effectively with others;
a) qualities and transferable skills necessary for further study, employment, community involvement and other activities requiring:
  • the exercise of initiative, personal responsibility and accountability in both personal and group contexts;
  • working effectively with others;
  • decision-making in complex contexts;
b) the ability to use a basic range of established techniques to:
i) analyse information;
ii) evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to their area(s) of study;
iii) propose solutions; and
b) the ability to use a range of established techniques to:
i) initiate and undertake critical evaluation of arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and information;
ii) propose solutions;
iii) frame appropriate questions for the purpose of solving a problem;
iv) solve a problem or create a new work; and
c) the ability to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources.
c) the ability to make critical use of scholarly reviews and primary sources.

4.

Communication Skills

… the ability to communicate accurately and reliably, orally and in writing to a range of audiences.
… the ability to communicate information, arguments, and analyses accurately and reliably, orally and in writing to a range of audiences.

5.

Awareness of Knowledge

… an understanding of the limits to their own knowledge and how this might influence their analyses and interpretations.
… an understanding of the limits to their own knowledge and ability, and an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits to knowledge and how this might influence analyses and interpretations.

6.

Autonomy and Professional Capacity

a) qualities and transferable skills necessary for further study, employment, community involvement and other activities requiring:
  • the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making;
  • working effectively with others;
a) qualities and transferable skills necessary for further study, employment, community involvement and other activities requiring:
  • the exercise of initiative, personal responsibility and accountability in both personal and group contexts;
  • working effectively with others;
  • decision-making in complex contexts;
b) the ability to identify and address their own learning needs in changing circumstances and to select an appropriate program of further study; and

b) the ability to manage their own learning in changing circumstances, both within and outside the discipline and to select an appropriate program of further study; and
c) behaviour consistent with academic integrity and social responsibility.
c) behaviour consistent with academic integrity and social responsibility.

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