Science Threshold Learning Outcomes


Work-integrated learning in science and maths


First Year in Science and Maths

About the Centre

The ACDS Teaching and Learning Cent185LaTrobe-amendolia_150508_333-Copyre was established by the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) to inform science faculties and their stakeholders about quality teaching and learning in science and mathematics and to promote innovation in science and mathematics teaching and learning, and foster widespread improvement in practice. It seeks to identify and promote consensus, providing a strong national voice on teaching and learning.  Its members consist primarily of Associate Deans Learning and Teaching, discipline education networks and other recognized learning and teaching leaders.

The Centre explores key issues and good practice through conferences, projects and position papers.  Its conferences include:

  • ACDS Teaching and Learning Conference
  • ACDS Annual General Meeting
  • Australian conference for Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME)

The governing board of the Centre is the ACDS Executive. The Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) comprises the deans of science faculties and senior representatives of science, from Australia’s universities.  It is the voice of science teaching and research in the university system.



A/Prof Elizabeth Johnson
Director ACDS TL Centre

Update: Higher Education Standards Framework

The Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF) was legislated in late October and will apply to all University courses from Jan 1, 2017. The Framework was developed with extensive consultation and has been well-received by universities. The new standards emphasize graduate learning outcomes and employability, which are both key topics for the ACDS. Download from the TEQSA website.

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