General Education Board of Studies
Terms of reference
- The development, management and oversight of the University's
programme of General Education.
- The approval of courses to be listed in the General Education
- Monitoring and maintaining the quality of the General Education
programme through course and teaching evaluations, programme reviews and reviews of student learning outcomes.
- Proposing any limits to courses in the General Education programme.
- Advising the University through Education Committee on changes to
regulations governing the General Education programme.
The General Education programme contains a diverse range of courses. These courses are organised into six schedules: one schedule
open to all students and five faculty-specific schedules.
Proposals for General Education courses are submitted by faculties to the Board, which evaluates each proposal to determine whether the course meets the criteria for General Education. The courses are required to meet the general aims of University courses, that is to:
- Provide a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject studied.
- Develop understanding and appreciation of philosophical bases,
methodologies and characteristics of scholarship and research.
- Develop the capacity for critical, conceptual and reflective
- Stimulate intellectual openness and curiosity.
- Provide an opportunity for students to learn the value of working
to achieve personal and professional goals both independently, and in
collaboration with others.
- Contribute to the flexibility which graduates are increasingly
required to demonstrate in the complex modern work environment.
- Enhance the communication abilities and literacy, and quantitative
understanding of graduates.
Specific criteria apply to General Education courses.
- Supplement, extend and reinforce the knowledge, attributes and
skills gained within specialised fields.
- Expose students to disciplines and paradigms outside their own
specialisation, and to the ideas and methods of cross-disciplinary research.
- Equip graduates with a deeper understanding of the international
and global dimensions of knowledge, and the distinctive qualities of
- Bring together students from diverse disciplines and provide them
with opportunities to engage with different ideas and concepts.
- Promote tolerance and respect for the values of other individuals
and groups, and awareness of human and cultural diversity.
Committee members and term of office
An inter-faculty Board of Studies, reporting to Education Committee, manages the General Education programme including the selection, assessment and review of courses.
|Professor J Morrow - Chair||Ex-officio|
|Associate Professor V Elizabeth, Arts||Ex-officio|
|Ms S Laurenson, Business and Economics||Ex-officio|
|Dr A Longley, Creative Arts and Industries||Ex-officio|
|Associate Professor E Hawe, Education and Social Work||Ex-officio|
|Dr K Stol, Engineering||Ex-officio|
|Professor W Swain, Law||Ex-officio|
|Associate Professor B Kool, Medical and Health Sciences||Ex-officio|
|Associate Professor D McGillivray, Science||Ex-officio|
|Ms L Pritchard, Academic Programmes Office||Ex-officio|
|Dr D Montgomerie, General Education Programme Coordinator||Ex-officio|
Dr Deborah Montgomerie
Phone: +64 9 373 5777 ext 85777
Schedule of meetings
|6 March 2018||1pm|
|1 May 2018||1pm|
|3 July 2018||1pm|
|23 October 2018||1pm|