Science TLOs

The Science Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) describe what a science graduate should know and be able to do. They are a national discipline reference point for curriculum design, assessment standards and benchmarking between institutions.

The Science TLOs are a consensus view from Australian universities about what a science or mathematical science graduate should know and be able to do. The Science TLOs are endorsed by the ACDS and are a national reference point for learning in science and mathematical sciences. They are important in setting agreed standards for science graduates across the Australian higher education sector.

The Science TLOs are broad because they cover a wide range of disciplines in science and mathematical sciences. Application of the Science TLOs to a specific course or major requires consideration of how that learning outcomes is represented within an area of knowledge. Problem-solving in mathematics is not the same as problem-solving in ecology.

The original TLOs developed in 2011 have been updated in 2023 to reflect contemporary curricula. The guidance notes have also been updated.
Science Threshold Learning Outcomes 2023
Science Threshold Learning guidance notes 2023

The original TLO project report (including TLOs and guidance notes) from 2011 can be accessed here.

Related disciplines have also published learning outcome statements.