Programme and course descriptors must include relevant and meaningful information on Graduate Attributes, contextualised to that degree programme or course. This section provides guidance and support.
Multiple terms are used to describe graduate attributes. At the University of Edinburgh, we describe two different types of attribute:
Mindsets are our usual ways of thinking about something and our attitudes towards it, for example our attitude towards knowledge and learning. Mindsets are generally developed across a degree programme experience, rather than within an individual course.
Individual courses will develop and require specific skills. Across a degree programme, this development combines and accumulates to produce the higher-order skills of graduates from that discipline. Examples of higher-order skills include analysis, evaluation, synthesis, critical thinking. Other terms related to skills that are often used include abilities, competencies and capabilities.