School Refresh Projects

School Refresh Projects

A number of school based projects were undertaken throughout the Curriculum Refresh Project in 2010 to 2012. An overview of these projects can be found below.

Curriculum Development

Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Building Core Strength for the Refreshed Bachelor of Arts at JCU - The project resulted in the development of two core first year subjects, and a third-year capstone subject. The subjects have a focus on peoples and societies and tropical regions. The core subjects investigate ideas of 'truth' and 'ways of knowing' as they have developed over time and explore the related notions of "place," "networks," "narratives," and "identities," to introduce students to the different ways that academic disciplines approach shared concerns and address shared questions. The capstone subject helps students transition to professionals through the development of employability skills and applying knowledge to contemporary workplaces or areas of research interest.

Further information: Conference proceeding of Enhancing Learning Experiences in Higher Education: International Conference, University of Hong Kong (2-3 Dec 2010) – This paper showcases the work undertaken as part of the university-wide Curriculum Refresh to improve the first year experience at JCU.

Project team: Associate Professor Richard Lansdown, Dr Victoria Kuttainen, Dr Nigel Chang, Associate Professor Kay Martinez and Dr Anita Lundberg.

Curriculum Refresh: Effective Writing - The project aided in the development and improvement of the subject CU1010, Effective Writing. CU1010 advances the University’s tropical agenda by improving literacy at university level to benefit people and societies in the tropics through improved student retention and enhanced core skills to aid employability. CU1010 embodies the University’s sense of responsibility to its students by recognising that our diverse first year student cohort has diverse literacy experiences and needs.

The subject is now also offered in Brisbane and Singapore and the need to refresh the subject was highlighted by the expansion of the offering, to ensure a coordinated and standardised approach to teaching and learning for all students enrolled in CU1010. The project involved: revising the CU1010 textbook to include representation of “torrid zone” writers; redrafting the CU1010 textbook using a workshop-orientated approach to align with teaching practices; and compiling a CU1010 tutor’s manual, suitable for use across all campuses.

Project team: Associate Professor Richard Lansdown, Associate Professor Stephen Torre and Dr Victoria Kuttainen.

Research Integrated Learning in the Social Sciences - The refreshed Bachelor of Social Sciences draws on subjects offered in the Bachelor of Arts social science disciplines, including Indigenous studies and cross-faculty social study areas, to create four new interdisciplinary majors. These are: Tropical Health and Society; Social and Criminal Justice; Environment and Heritage; and Asia-Pacific Governance and Development. The interdisciplinary majors are specifically designed to address identified areas of employment opportunity for social scientists.

The project also included the development of a new Work Integrated Learning capstone subject which bridges the transition between university and industry employment to better equip graduates for their career area. Project marketing poster (PDF, 666 KB).

Project Team: Associate Professor Rosita Henry, Dr Anne Swinbourne, Dr Surin Maisrikrod, Dr Garry Coventry, Dr James Coughlan, Ms Felecia Watkin-Lui, Associate Professor Glenn Dawes, Dr Nigel Chang, Dr Robin Rodd and Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy.

Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts

Systematising Curriculum Design in the School of Law - A Preliminary Investigation of Distinctiveness of Law Programs in Selected Australian Universities - Phase one, scoping: The project team visited selected Australian Law Schools with distinctive programs to determine what can be learned from those programs.

Some of the main findings around the theme of distinctiveness were: QUT’s embedded approach to WIL, where an entire law curriculum is designed with ‘real world practice’ embedded into it. Every student has the opportunity to participate in a WIL subject; embedding philosophical approaches in the curriculum. Griffith and SCU are focused on serving the community and so ethics and social justice are embedded throughout the degree (for example through Indigenous perspectives and pathways).

Some of the main findings around the theme of sustainability were: Most Law Schools identified environmental law as how they delivered curriculum in relation to sustainability; This theme can be interpreted further and include governance and regulation, human rights, social justice and in the commercial arena.

Phase two of the project developed a more systematic approach to curriculum design and a distinctive curriculum to adopt and embed sustainability as an underlying theme in all awards offered; identify opportunities for WIL; identify opportunities to include Indigenous perspectives; and identify opportunities for better pathways. Read the full report (PDF, 80 KB).

Project Team: Professor Stephen Graw and Ms Kate Galloway.

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Occupational Therapy Curriculum Refresh - The process of curriculum review commenced with the establishment of a learning community involving all academic staff from the Occupational Therapy unit. The learning community met frequently and undertook the design and development of the new curriculum through engagement with relevant literature and information regarding curriculum design, and data from a broad consultation undertaken with a range of stakeholders, including students, clinicians and curriculum experts.

The focus of the curriculum review was the core occupational therapy subjects within the current course. A flyer (PDF, 1197 KB) summarising the project’s progress and outcomes was presented at the Curriculum Refresh Conference 2011. The project also informed conference proceedings at the AMZAME conference in 2010.

Project team: Professor Matthew Yau, Ms Yvonne Thomas, Ms Bronwyn Tanner, Dr Marion Gray, Dr Fiona Barnett, Ms Marianne Bonassi, Ms Lynne Zeldenryk, Ms Kerry Garbutt, Ms Karen Salata, Ms Louise Myles and Ms Kate Horstmann.

Redevelopment of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science Degree - The project team worked on refreshing the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences to make the preparation for a research-based career more explicit, while maintaining a pathway for students into health profession degrees and other biomedical science related career paths such as a clinical laboratories and pharmaceutical sales.

A primary focus was to reinvigorate training, to produce research-ready graduates interested in pursuing studies related to human health and disease, particularly in research areas relevant to our tropical location. With the continued expansion of the health care workforce in North Queensland and the increasing need for this workforce to serve the needs of Northern Australia and the tropical Pacific, the refreshed Biomedical Science degree aims to provide health researchers interested in, and competent to, contribute to the need to grow our understanding of tropical health and medicine.

This significant goal was in part be achieved by reinvigorating undergraduate student exposure to research and engagement in research aligned learning activities, and a strategic emphasis on research related to tropical health and medicine.

Project Team: Professor James Burnell, Dr Brenda Govan and Ms Anne Hartshorn-Smith.

Review and vertical integration of speech pathology course - This project resulted in a renewed and refreshed speech pathology curriculum which addresses Peoples and Societies in the Tropics and Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity themes of the Strategic Intent; is demonstrably directed towards a comprehensive set of graduate attributes and outcomes; includes the opportunity for students to gain a deep understanding of relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge; incorporates improved assessment practices; provides the best possible first year experience and improves first year retention; fosters a passion for learning and enhances the Honours and HDR research profile of the discipline; has clear links to research and current speech pathology best practices; and is expressed and implemented in the form of a database which may be extendable to other similar projects.

Project Team: Dr Tom Mylne, Ms Louise Brown, Ms Susan Morrison, Dr Wendy Pearce, Ms Samantha Siyambalapitiya and Mrs Natalie Skinner.

First Year Experience

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The First Year Experience in a Refreshed Curriculum (Bachelor of Science) - The aim of this project was to improve retention and boost future enrolments in Science. The resulting outcomes equipped students with a sense of purpose, better engagement and resilience while enhancing the quality of teaching.

The project had three components: 1) The development of two new subjects, to provide the core of the science foundation program within the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Advanced); 2) Numeracy skills - In recognition of declining numeracy skills in science graduates, one of the new subjects had a strong quantitative focus. Owing to student diversity, appropriate learning objects were developed to build mathematical confidence and capability in students who are more quantitatively challenged. An advanced assignment was also developed to engage high-achieving students; and 3) There was a focus on skill development leading to higher-level work integrated learning, enabling science graduates to take on roles in research, management and education to respond to the challenges of the sustainable use and conservation of the many natural resources underpinned by tropical ecosystems.

Further information: Maths anxiety over two campuses in a first year introductory quantitative skills subject at a regional Australian university – establishing a baseline, Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics education 2011. Conference paper.

Project Team: Dr Emma Gyuris, Professor Richard Pearson, Dr Yvette Everingham, Dr Shaun Belward and Professor Jeffrey Loughran.

Teaching and Learning Development

The Litnum project (Funded by LTPF) - Improving Literacy and Numeracy the JCU Way - In 2008, literacy and numeracy (Litnum) working groups were formed on the Cairns and Townsville campuses to address serious literacy and numeracy issues among students at JCU. The first phase of the project reported on what was already being done, and as part of the second phase, Teaching and Learning Development (TLD) staff worked with schools to refine existing programs and develop new strategies.

The stated outcomes for the research project were summarised as Literacy and numeracy levels of commencing first year students in participating schools will be assessed and strategies for improvement of literacy and numeracy skills implemented through support strategies and refreshed curriculum; Commencing first year students will be given early feedback on their literacy and numeracy skills so that they can take action to improve their skills; All current JCU literacy and numeracy initiatives and intervention strategies will be documented and evaluated to provide a resource bank of strategies that can be adopted across the institution and inform research and publications by the staff involved in the project; Improved literacy and numeracy skills of JCU graduates; Improved retention of students deemed at risk due to poor literacy and numeracy skills; and Provide pro-active strategies to address the needs of increased enrolments as a result of Bradley reforms.

A draft Litnum Report (PDF, 1097 KB) was presented to members in November 2010, and the final report was presented at the 2011 Curriculum Refresh Conference Litnum Group members reported on exciting school-based initiatives that addressed poor levels of literacy and numeracy at JCU. Based on these initiatives and recent research, TLD developed ‘best practice’ guidelines for schools wishing to improve the literacy and numeracy levels of their students. The guidelines were shared at the conference to inform ongoing curriculum refresh initiatives at JCU and will inform literacy and numeracy policy development to sustain the project into the future. These being: 1) Faculties will be responsible for identifying students’ literacy and numeracy needs through diagnostic tests in the first year of their studies and will have clearly identified pathways for those students who need to improve their skills; 2) Schools will take responsibility for supporting their students to become sufficiently competent in their literacy and numeracy skills in order to participate effectively in their university studies; and 3) The development of discipline specific literacy and numeracy skills is integrated with curriculum design and delivery through a variety of methods.

As part of the Litnum project, Post-Entry Language Assessments (PELAs) have taken place in seven first year programs in 2012, involving well over 1000 first year students. Based on the PELA results extra support in literacy was provided to students who were identified as being underprepared.

Project Team: Alan Calder, Peter Hanley, Dr Bhama Daly, Dr Paul Kebble, Kylie Bartlett and Kellie Johns.

Indigenous Perspectives

Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Embedding the School of Education's Commitment to Indigenous Education - The purpose of this project is to prepare, articulate and make visible the School of Education’s commitment to improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students (both pre-service teachers and school students). This will be achieved by ensuring that all graduates will have skills and knowledge for teaching in ways that will promote the tenets of the JCU Reconciliation Statement through the embedding of Indigenous perspectives across all subjects in its Bachelor of Education program.

Project Team: Mr Max Lenoy, Professor Angela Hill, Ms Helen McDonald, Dr Pauline Taylor, Ms Sharon Moore, Ms Juanita Sellwood, Associate Professor Melissa Vick and Associate Professor Jacinta Elston.

Review and strengthen Humanities Tertiary Access Course (TAC) as a pathway to JCU degree courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students - The Tertiary Access Course was originally established to provide Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students with a pathway into tertiary education, by equipping those without traditional OP entry scores with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enter JCU degree courses.

The course was redesigned to be undertaken in 6 months intensive study, and the 4 component subjects have been reviewed. Goals were to: explore ways to boost enrolment in TAC by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander – school leavers and mature-aged entrants; establish stronger relationships with schools to help build TAC as an alternative pathway into JCU for more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students; survey current students about times, modes and locations of TAC teaching and learning; review assessment practices in all subjects, including exploring the possibility of ungraded/competency based assessment; link TAC with the university’s wider participation and pathways strategies; explore the destinations of TAC graduates and track their pathways; and explore successful similar alternative access programs in other Universities.

Some of the project’s main findings (PDF, 24 KB) were outlined at the Curriculum Refresh Conference 2011.The relationship with other TAC projects and stage two of this project were highlighted at the Sharing Day in November 2011: Powerpoint (PDF, 2720 KB).

Project Team: Mrs Valda Wallace, Ms Lynette Mackay, Ms Sharon Moore and Trina Jackson.

Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts

Walking Forward Together: Design and Implementation of Reconciliation Principles within the Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts - Based upon the principles of justice, recognition and healing espoused by the Reconciliation Statement, this project seeks to design a sustainable response to the Reconciliation Statement in the context of teaching and research practice within the Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts. It seeks to do so by engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and explicitly engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students in integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and experience across the curriculum of the Faculty’s courses.

Kate and her team presented their project framework, findings and recommendations for best practice at the Curriculum Refresh Conference 2011. Download the Conference Paper and Refreshed in the tropics Paper

Project Team: Ms Kate Galloway, Mrs Florence Onus, Ms Heron Loban and Mrs Robyn Boucher.

Internationalisation

Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Multimedia Journalism: An authentic digital learning platform with an international perspective - The purpose of this project was to increase competencies for key staff delivering into the new Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism (BMJ). The project drew on expertise from nationally and internationally renowned journalism trainers leading the digital revolution. The digital media platform (JCNN) showcases students’ work from both Schools, and is an essential component of the new degree as it: Represents the first real world application new/ magazine online publication Australia wide to be produced by a university – providing significant point of difference to the other 26 institutions offering journalism; Provides a portfolio-based learning opportunity for students, Provides an interdisciplinary showpiece, Addresses learning outcomes and graduate attributes to ensure the inaugural digital media platform is fully integrated into the curriculum as an authentic learning tool for students entering the changing media landscape; Markets the new degree through building into the local community and globally through cyberspace. Builds a bridge into our community, both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, is interactive and provides real opportunity for the community to respond to stories and provide direction for the continued development of the digital media platform; and Marketing the university, and building a new audience by profiling stories on our key researchers.

Project Team: Dr Lindsay Simpson, Dr Amy Forbes and JCNN Editor – Ms Kylie Davis.

Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts

Curriculum Refresh for the Flagship Postgraduate Coursework Masters linking Law, Business and Creative Arts - The purpose of this project was to significantly update and refresh the Master of Business Administration (MBA) offerings with the enhanced internationalisation of content, leadership and enterprise. Our graduates will be leaders in the field of Business Administration through rigorous engagement with issues, practices and technologies that contribute directly to the industries and economies of the tropics. The project also addressed the theme of People and Societies in the Tropics by focusing on issues of sustainability and corporate social responsibility with a particular emphasis on the tropics in some of the subjects.

Project Team: Professor Steve Graw, Professor Ryan Daniel and Dr Stephen Naylor.

Cutting Edge Creative Practice: Taking a developing School of Creative Arts Curriculum to a new level of international competitiveness and impact within the region - This project resulted in a significantly updated and refreshed Bachelor of New Media Arts and Bachelor of Creative Industries. Both degrees were internationally benchmarked while remaining distinctive in their contribution to northern Queensland.

The refreshed programs enable students to develop a strong arts practice, as well as explore and reflect on built and natural environments for art making, including the particular aesthetic of the tropics and how this might be represented through colour, time and space. The refresh will broadly focused on (a) Work Integrated Learning; (b) Clear links to research; (c) Innovative technologies and infrastructure that support student learning in delivery; and (d) The integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, perspective and experience.

Refreshed Honours programs that reflect best practice within the sector were launched in 2011, as was a double degree with the University of Applied Sciences in Wurzburg that is in the final stages of development. Planned for 2012 is postgraduate coursework which explores in depth the creative industries and advanced models of creative exchange.

Project Team: Professor Ryan Daniel, Mr Mitch Goodwin, Mr Adam Brown, Dr Stephen Naylor, Dr Steven Campbell, Ms Katja Fleischmann, Dr Anne Lord, Dr David Salisbury, Ms Debra Thomas, Ms Kirsten Heritage, Dr Gordon Brown, Mr Russell Milledge, Ms Natalie Stephenson and Mr Raul Posse.

Sustainability

Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Embedding sustainability across the curriculum in undergraduate Education courses - The project ‘Embedding sustainability across the Bachelor of Education’ has seen the development of two new sustainability subjects: 1) Foundations of Sustainability in Education (ED1411) develops pre-service teachers’ foundational scientific knowledge of earth’s systems, as well as understanding of complex socio-ecological issues. The subject also explores the curriculum and policy context and teaching strategies for education for sustainability (EfS); and 2) The fourth year subject, Service Learning for Sustainable Futures (ED4460) is positioned as a capstone experience, wherein pre-service teachers work with local or international community partners to complete service learning projects that promote environmental or social sustainability.

In addition to subject development, project members have worked closely with JCU Tropical Leaders in Sustainability, Professors Bob Stevenson and Komla Tsey, to engage whole-of-staff in professional development sessions, exploring opportunities to embed EfS more broadly across the Bachelor of Education and pursue related research projects. While the Curriculum Refresh Project has funded a baseline survey of incoming pre-service teachers’ knowledge and attitudes pertaining to sustainability, an EfS Committee has been established in the School to promote ongoing research and curriculum activity.

Project members have also created an online EfS resource bank for academics, students and school teachers, in the format of a JCU Library Guide, and are developing a Scoping and Sequencing document that maps the embedding of EfS in the Bachelor of Education.

Project team: Dr Louisa Tomas - Foundations of Sustainability in Education (ED1411), Ass Prof Angela Hill - Service Learning for Sustainable Futures (ED4460), Dr Michelle Lasen - EfS online resource bank and scoping and sequencing, Dr Helen Boon - Pre-service teacher survey and Ass Prof Hilary Whitehouse - EfS research.

Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts

Curriculum Refresh for the Flagship Postgraduate Coursework Masters linking Law, Business and Creative Arts - The purpose of this project was to significantly update and refresh the Master of Business Administration (MBA) offerings with enhanced internationalisation of content, leadership and enterprise. Our graduates will be leaders in the field of Business Administration through rigorous engagement with issues, practices and technologies that contribute directly to the industries and economies of the tropics. The project also addressed the theme of People and Societies in the Tropics by focusing on issues of sustainability and corporate social responsibility with a particular emphasis on the tropics in some of the subjects.

Project Team: Professor Steve Graw, Professor Ryan Daniel and Dr Stephen Naylor.

Faculty of Science and Engineering 

Developing a subject in tropical urban design - A new subject: EV5602 Urban Design Studio was developed for this project. The subject’s emphasis is on creating a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and commercially feasible urban environment with reference to current urban design priorities, such as urban consolidation and ecologically sustainable development. Students receive good international (best practice) grounding while building on JCU’s tropical focus. Tropical case studies have been prepared to consolidate knowledge and inform further research in this area. Urban Design Studio sessions are augmented with seminars focussed on current urban design practice, and students are required to produce a major urban design proposal to enhance professional, work-ready skills. The subject incorporates field trips, guest lectures and workshops.

Project team: Dr Lisa Law

Developing an Innovative Science Curriculum for the Tropical World - This project built on work previously carried out as part of the Curriculum Refresh for the Bachelor of Science. The project involved a rationalisation of subjects, the development of new subjects and the use of new core subjects to build on core competencies.

The project outcomes were to improve both undergraduate and postgraduate offerings and course structure, with a focus on the Strategic Intent of the University and the theme of ‘industries and economies in the tropics’. The project involved: Review and recommendations about current second and third year science subjects through course mapping; Work to augment the reputation of the Faculty of Science and Engineering through a focus on courses which demonstrate outstanding research; Consideration of digital futures and technology to inform a sustainable and relevant curriculum; A review of the Master of Applied Science; and Development of a ‘block-mode’ module for delivery in Singapore.

Project Team: Professor Paul Dirks, Associate Professor Simon Robson, Dr Shaun Belward, Associate Professor Betsy Jackes and consultant Associate Professor Colin Macgregor.

Embedding Sustainability in Engineering Education in the Tropics: Tomorrow's Engineers today - The objective of this project was to embed principles of sustainability into the curriculum of JCU’s undergraduate engineering course by identifying and adopting best practice from other programs and experts in the field. A key outcome of this project was a series of learning modules, interwoven throughout the 4-year Bachelor of Engineering program. Broad concepts of sustainability were introduced at level 1, through the common First Year Engineering program and discipline-specific modules were rolled-out across the remaining 3 years of the program. This curriculum refresh led to involvement in the broader ‘JCU sustainability in action’ project. Conference presentation (PDF, 474 KB) – Curriculum Refresh Conference 2011

Other conference presentations related to the Curriculum Refresh Project: Sheehan M & Schneider P - Embedding sustainability skills and theory across engineering disciplines in higher education, 7th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. (2011) University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand Jan 5-7; and Sheehan M & Schneider P - Embedding sustainability skills and theory across engineering disciplines in higher education, UQLD seminar, February 2011.

Project Team: Dr Madoc Sheehan and Dr Phil Schneider.

Sustainability and climate adaptation in the tropics: realignment of a multidisciplinary syllabus@JCU - A degree in (tropical) sustainability was proposed as an inter-disciplinary cross-faculty program, drawing on the strengths of several schools, and based primarily on the Cairns campus. The degree content was developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders, and it will have a significant work placement component in higher years. The Bachelor of Sustainability degree aims to solve sustainability challenges and demands by developing professionals with multidisciplinary capabilities. Students can study across a broad range of speciality areas including ecology, environmental science, planning, geography, agricultural science, earth science, business and tourism.

Project Team: Professor Michael Bird, Professor Andrew Krockenberger, Associate Professor Colin J Macgregor, Professor Steve Turton, Dr Robyn Wilson and Professor Jonathan Nott.

Work Integrated Learning

Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts

Multimedia Journalism: An authentic digital learning platform with an international perspective - The purpose of this project was to increase competencies for key staff delivering into the new Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism (BMJ). The project drew on expertise from nationally and internationally renowned journalism trainers leading the digital revolution. The digital media platform (JCNN) showcases students’ work from both Schools, and is an essential component of the new degree as it: Represents the first real world application new/ magazine online publication Australia wide to be produced by a university – providing significant point of difference to the other 26 institutions offering journalism; Provides a portfolio-based learning opportunity for students, Provides an interdisciplinary showpiece, Addresses learning outcomes and graduate attributes to ensure the inaugural digital media platform is fully integrated into the curriculum as an authentic learning tool for students entering the changing media landscape; Markets the new degree through building into the local community and globally through cyberspace. Builds a bridge into our community, both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, is interactive and provides real opportunity for the community to respond to stories and provide direction for the continued development of the digital media platform; and Marketing the university, and building a new audience by profiling stories on our key researchers.

Project Team: Dr Lindsay Simpson, Dr Amy Forbes and JCNN Editor – Ms Kylie Davis.

Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts

Building Capacity for Embedding WIL into the Law, Business, IT and Creative Arts Curricula - This project firstly drew on external expertise to conduct a scoping study, with the aim of enhancing the capacity of the Faculty of Law, Business & Creative Arts, JCU Singapore and JCU Brisbane to develop and sustain a range of Work Integrated Learning programs. A key focus of the scoping work was to examine models that will work in a tropical regional context in Cairns and Townsville and in a tropical urban context in the case of Singapore and Brisbane.

The project achieved: Proposals and development of innovative WIL pedagogy and curriculum practices; Risk assessment procedures; and Strategies, policies, structure and industry partnerships.

In addition, the needs and expectations of stakeholders were identified and communities of practice created. This enabled improved graduate outcomes and work-readiness capabilities. Producing more skilled and productive graduates also enriches the social and economic capital of people and societies in the tropics.

Project Team: Ms Mandy Shircore, Professor Ryan Daniel, Mr Abhishek Dalip Singh, Ms Shanti Achanta and Mr Paul Kidd.

Cutting Edge Creative Practice: Taking a developing School of Creative Arts Curriculum to a new level of international competitiveness and impact within the region - Summary of the original project is provided under the Internationalisation category. The second stage of the project investigated opportunities for work integrated learning, links with Singapore and future directions for post-graduate offerings. The aim was to align with other industries and economies in the tropics.

Project Leaders: Professor Ryan Daniel and Professor Peter Murphy

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Enabling and Evaluating Pathways of Co-Learning for Sustainable Futures in Professional Placements of Postgraduate Students - This project further develops postgraduate professional placement processes, using innovative practice from JCU and the national Work Integrated Learning movement. A major outcome is the enhanced capacity of natural resource management professionals through clearly defined, coordinated, readily accessible pathways for the professional placement of postgraduate students. This increases student interaction with the professional community, so they develop their professional identity and confidence, which then improves employability and potential for creating an enhanced career path within their chosen occupation. The project will offer placements in Queensland, across Australia and internationally, focusing on agencies established within the Coral Triangle and South East Asian countries, as part of the new cross-faculty Master of Education (Sustainability) and the Master of Applied Science.

Project Team: Dr Sue Bandaranaike, Professor Helene Marsh and Associate Professor Peter Valentine.