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Simon Fraser University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

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Complete 1.88 / 8.00 Erica Lay
Sustainability Planning and Development Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

A copy of the list or inventory of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

A list of degree, diploma or certificate programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

-Applied Sciences-Engineering (biomedical, computer, engineering physics, electronics, systems)
-Business (Bachelors, CSR Certificate, MBA, Business in the Americas Graduate Certificate)
-Faculty of Environment
-Health Sciences (Bachelors and Masters)

A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with degree, diploma or certificate programs (if not included in an inventory above):

Program: Faculty of Applied Science: School of Engineering Sciences (Biomedical, computer, engineering physics, (engineering sciences), electronic/mechatronic engineering, systems engineer)

Learning Outcome: The School of Engineering Science is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board

One accreditation criterion for engineering programs imposed by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) is graduate attributes, outlined below:
An institution must demonstrate that graduates of its programs possess the attributes described below. In addition, the institution must implement and employ processes to demonstrate that program outcomes are being assessed in the context of these attributes, and that the results of such assessments will be applied to the further development of programs.
These include the criterion 8, 9 and 10 related to sustainability:
1. Professionalism: An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional engineer in society, especially the primary role of protection of the public and the public interest.
2. Impact of engineering on society and the environment: An ability to analyze social and environmental aspects of engineering activities. Such ability includes an understanding of the interactions that engineering has with the economic, social, health, safety, legal, and cultural aspects of society, the uncertainties in the prediction of such interactions; and the concepts of sustainable design and development and environmental stewardship.
3. Ethics and equity: An ability to apply professional ethics, accountability, and equity.
Available at: http://www.engineerscanada.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/accreditation_criteria_procedures_2013.pdf

All graduates of the Engineering Science program, including biomedical, computer, electrical, systems and engineering physics and mechatronic system must complete ENSC 406-2 on Social Responsibility and Professional Practice.
ENSC 406-2 Engineering Ethics, Law, and Professional Practice
This course provides an introduction to the engineering profession, professional practice, engineering law and ethics, including the issues of worker and public safety. It also offers opportunities to explore the social implications and environmental impacts of technologies, including sustainability, and to consider engineers' responsibility to society.

Program: Beedie School of Business
Bachelors Degree

Undergraduate Learning Goals
Global Perspective: Recognize the need to adapt business practices to the opportunities and challenges of an evolving global environment
Ethical Perspective: Demonstrate ability to apply ethical reasoning to address issues in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainability in a business context.
Critical Thinking: Identify, evaluate, analyze, interpret and apply information to address problems and make reasoned decisions in a business context.
Communication Skills: Communicate in business context in a clear, concise, coherent and professional manner.
Core Business Knowledge: Apply business discipline knowledge in an integrative manner to business problems.
Disciplinary Business Knowledge: Demonstrate the understanding and ability to apply professional standards, theory and research to address business problems within specific concentrations.

Beedie School of Business Part Time MBA Program and Full Time MBA Program (Summer Semester)

Core Curriculum Components:

You'll develop a practical understanding of the tools and resources available to help businesses deliver on current environmental and social commitments and improve their sustainability performance in the future.

Graduate Certificate: Business in the Americas
Set course for entire certificate, including:
Bus 652-3 Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (FIA- University of Sao Paulo)

Program: Health Sciences
Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences
Learning Outcome :
Both the BA and BSc in Health Sciences articulate their learning outcomes.
Sustainability Learning Outcomes:
• Draw on multiple disciplines and research traditions to identify and explain the social, behavioural, and biological determinants of health, wellness, and disease in communities and populations
All BA students are also required to take HSCI 130: Foundations in Health Sciences
Course description:
How health, illness and disease are defined and measured for individuals and populations. Research strategies used to identify how health, illness and disease are distributed across human populations and how environmental, socio-economic, demographic, biological, behavioural and political factors influence individual and population health. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

Masters in Public Health:
The MPH program is designed to meet core public health competencies, and is organized into four core competencies. This includes a Basic Population Health Sciences and Population Health Perspective competencies related to sustainability
Basic Population Health Sciences:
Students will acquire the required foundation level knowledge, thinking skills and perspectives necessary for competent entry-level public health practice. This includes knowledge about the health status of populations, inequities in health, the determinants of health and illness, strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and health protection. The basic population health sciences include epidemiology, biostatistics, the social and health policy sciences, and environmental public health.

The Population Health Perspective:
Students will know and apply the fundamentals of a population health approach. The population health approach aims to improve the health of the entire population and to reduce health inequities among population groups by examining, studying, and acting upon the broad range of factors and conditions that have a strong influence on health. The population health perspective has two important characteristics: an ability to assess critically how various aspects or markers of social location affect health outcomes, access to health care, and program design and implementation; and an ability to think critically at a systems level, recognizing the interrelationships among and between factors that affect the health of populations.

All MPH students are also required to take HSCI 845, Environmental and Occupational Health
Course Description:
Globalization and industrialization impacts on the health of the environment, populations, and workers. Environmental hazards in consumables (food, air, and water) and waste (liquid, solid, and gaseous) with special reference to hazardous waste. Risk assessment in community, workplace, and residential settings. A case studies approach. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or permission of the instructor.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability learning outcomes is available:

It is not routine to develop learning outcomes at SFU. That said, SFU has three programs which do articulate learning outcomes, and which included sustainability related outcomes.
These three programs included SFU’s five accredited engineering streams, the SFU Beedie School of Business graduate and undergraduate programs, and some Faculty Health Sciences programs. SFU’s School of Engineering Sciences is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), and the learning outcomes for those programs come directly from the CEAB. Programs in SFU’s Faculty of Environment have been reported as sustainability focused programs and are therefore considered to have sustainability learning outcomes.

Numbers are from 2012/13 graduation statistics. Graduation statistics can be found on the SFU Institutional Research and Planning-Student Outcomes site: http://www.sfu.ca/irp/students.html#outcomes

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