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Assessment of Generic Competencies in First Year Units:
A Law Degree Case Study.

Anne Matthew
Faculty of Law
Queensland University of Technology

Pursuant to a Large Teaching and Learning Grant in 2000-2001, the QUT Faculty of Law redesigned its first year curriculum to incorporate social, relational and cultural generic capabilities. A series of skills and attributes were identified as being desirable in law graduates. Through the implementation of a second Large Teaching and Learning Grant, the Law Faculty is currently developing an assessment framework to ensure quality in the assessment of generic capabilities. In this paper issues related to the measurement of the development and attainment of these skills are explored by reference to the difficulties that have arisen in the assessment of teamwork skills. A case study is provided to explore the assessment of generic skills in a first year law unit. Finally this paper will outline the methodology which is presently being adopted in the review of assessment practices within the QUT Faculty of Law.

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