ABDC has developed learning standards (aka threshold learning outcomes) for both bachelors and coursework masters degrees for business graduates. The project has been led by Associate Professor Mark Freeman (ABDC Scholar 2011-14) and with continuing support from the Learning & Teaching Network.
The development of these standards has been in response to requirements under the Higher Education Standards Framework Act 2011. This new regulatory environment (as overseen by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)) requires each higher education provider to demonstrate: (i) that their internal processes for design and approval of each degree take account of external standards, including the Australian Qualifications Framework, and (ii) that the degree-level learning outcomes achieved by their students are benchmarked against external standards.
So far learning standards have been developed collaboratively in Australia for a number of disciplines, including Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Finance, Law, Engineering, Geography, History and Chemistry to name a few. Learning standards have also been developed in the UK under the auspices of the Quality Assurance Agency (a body similar to TEQSA).
The resulting ABDC commissioned standards are designed in consultation with the discipline-specific professional bodies, academic and practitioner communities. They provide a valuable benchmarking resource for designing degrees or evaluating intended learning outcomes, as required under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The tourism, hospitality & event learning standards were finalised in August 2015. Tourism is the fifth and final business discipline to finalise standards after accounting (2010), marketing (2012), economics (2013) and finance (2014).