Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.71
Liaison Sharmilla Raj
Submission Date May 6, 2024

STARS v2.2

Toronto Metropolitan University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.59 / 8.00
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:
Sustainability-supportive

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

TMU adheres to the Ontario Council of Academic Vice- Presidents (OCAV) Degree Level Expectations (DLEs) which outline the academic standards of all undergraduate and graduate degrees granted by Ontario Universities. In addition to this, TMU programs are at liberty to develop specific program learning outcomes and objectives to supplement the DLEs. 


TMU's degree level expectations can be accessed using the following link: www.torontomu.ca/curriculumquality/resources/degree-level-expects/


DLEs encompass a range of competencies that students will acquire as part of their overall degree experience and fosters an interdisciplinary approach to learning. The specific competency that demonstrate how students  achieve sustainability learning outcome is indicated below: 


Autonomy and Professional Capacity - At TMU, our goal is to empower students to develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for further study, employment, community involvement and other activities requiring: the exercise of initiative, personal responsibility and accountability in both personal and group contexts; working effectively with others; decision-making in complex contexts;  the ability to manage their own learning in changing circumstances, both within and outside the discipline and to select an appropriate program of further study; and  behavior consistent with professional and academic integrity and social responsibility. 


The specific sustainability related outcomes that will be achieved through this competency include: 




  • Students will demonstrate the ability to initiate and lead sustainability projects, showing personal responsibility in reducing environmental impact through innovative solutions.




  • Students will collaborate effectively in diverse teams to develop and implement sustainability initiatives, ensuring inclusive participation and equitable outcomes.




  •  Students will apply systems thinking to make informed decisions that balance social, environmental, and economic considerations in complex sustainability challenges.




  • Students will continuously adapt and expand their knowledge of sustainability practices and principles, demonstrating lifelong learning in response to evolving global sustainability issues. 




  • Students will develop ethical behaviors and social responsibility in sustainability efforts. 




TMU aims to cultivate a student experience that equips all students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to advance conversations on culture, economics, technology, social justice, and the environment that leads to policies and actions that contribute to building an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable world. 


Total number of graduates from degree programs:
7,949

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
1,583

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

A headcount of graduates were accounted for from Spring 2021 to Fall 2022 and numbers were verified by the Registrars Office. 


 


A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Programs: Environment and Urban Sustainability (BA) (Minor)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have a firm understanding of:
Environmental Policy; Examine political, economic, social and legal approaches to addressing environmental problems and developing sustainability policy; build critical and analytical skills; choose to advance your knowledge in different areas such as advanced political theory and practice, economic theory, and other applied disciplines; and understand the political context of decision-making concerning environment and urban sustainability.



Communities and Sustainability: Community involvement; social and human dimensions of environment and sustainability; public outreach; discover the role of collective action, institutions, policy and management approaches to address environmental and sustainability issues; gain a firm foundation in the social and natural sciences and understand the complexities of environmental change; focus on the social context and organizations in which environmental problems are addressed; learn to liaise between the public and agencies involved in environment and urban sustainability.



Environmental Science; ecological relationships. Sustainable environments. Conservation. Chemical and biological fundamentals; build skills in understanding, planning, and managing the complex ecological relationships of natural environments and the strategies aimed at securing their biological integrity and sustainability; learn about the competing demands on natural environments and the challenges in developing integrative approaches towards environmental sustainability; develop insight into the integration of social and scientific principles in the interest of sustainability; Be able to foster an understanding of the principles of environment and sustainability.



Environmental/Sustainable Design; learn the basics of the principles of sustainable design; develop an understanding of how to balance competing interests in the construction of a productive and sustainable community; focus on a broad range of issues and strategies related to the development of an environmentally conscious city; appreciate the theory and practice of appropriate management of the environmental, economic and social aspects of design to achieve sustainable outcomes for both private and public sectors.



Environmental Management; develop abilities in planning and evaluation of environmental programs, develop skills in administering and supervising projects and programs; understand organizations and their management and how to evaluate and develop effective responses to environmental issues; better understand management issues such as financial assessment, negotiation, and communication.

Programs: Urban and Regional Planning (BURPI) and Urban Development (MPI)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the programs, graduates will be able to incorporate urban culture, nature, inclusion and sustainability frameworks into urban development and design. They will have the skills to holistically examine and analyze economic, socio-cultural, political, ecological and spatial elements in reimagining our communities, structured around the intertwined dimensions of urban culture and nature. Students explicitly address the principles of inclusivity and sustainability in designing for development.

Programs: Building Science (MASc, MBSc, PhD)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the programs, graduates will have the skills to reduce the impact of buildings on the natural world. They will have the knowledge to construct new and existing buildings with improved energy efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, conserved heritage, and reduced resource consumption and waste generation.

Programs: Environmental Applied Science Management (MASc, PhD)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of these programs, graduates will have the skills to be leaders in integrating the environmental science disciplines with studies in environmental management. The curriculum reflects the view that graduate work in the environmental management field requires not only knowledge of the environmental sciences and how they are applied, but an understanding of environmental management theory and practice. In combining applied science and management, the program also follows the Ryerson University tradition of applied education and research.

Program: Chemical Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of these programs, graduates will have research skills in the fields of wastewater and food treatment, polymer and process engineering, metallurgy and nanotechnology in this dynamic program. Students benefit from full-scale equipment and the latest computer technology for process modelling, simulation and control. With the support of expert faculty and direct connections with industry and hospitals, our in-demand graduates are prepared to solve some of society’s most pressing challenges.

Program: Civil Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of these programs, graduates will play a role in enhancing the nation's economic, environmental and social development. They will integrate fundamental knowledge with the latest innovative technologies through courses in environmental, geomatics, structural, transportation, and construction and infrastructure management specializations. By working together with industry and government partners, students will conduct cutting-edge, applied research that helps drive your career and society forward.
Program: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of these programs, graduates will be able to find solutions for society’s most urgent environmental problems through the integration of fundamental knowledge with the latest cutting-edge technologies through courses completed and research conducted towards the sustainable energy systems specialization.

Program: Architectural Science (BArchSc) (MArch)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will have expertise in the field of architecture and culture, energy efficiency, high performance systems/enclosures/materials, managing construction projects, new media and the virtual world, and sustainable buildings.

Program: Energy and Innovation (PMDip)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to function competently as operators, officers, administrators, managers, technicians, analysts, policy advisors and other key occupations in the fast-growing and rapidly-changing Canadian energy sector with an environmentally conscious lense.

Program: Social Innovation (Minor)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
The fundamental goal of this Minor is to help students engage in the emergent field of social innovation, to see themselves as change-makers and leaders who introduce innovative, radical and sustainable ways of improving life for those living in marginalized, disadvantaged or peripheral circumstance and to change the world for the better.

Program: Sustainability Management and Enterprise Excellence (Certificate)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to promote sustainability and sustainable development, prioritize, deploy, and implement best practices with proven techniques, execute vital strategic plans with SMART goals, address the complex global sustainability related challenges, gain long-term value for your corporation by incorporating ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) criteria into your investment decision, engage stakeholders and build trust through open, transparent, and reliable outreach, communications, and engagement, and become a corporate social responsibility (CSR) advocate and sustainability professional.

Program: Facility and Property Management (Certificate)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to take the roles of successful facility managers and property managers skilled in managing issues related to technical operations, environmental protocols, human resources, space and leasing, and real estate.
Program: Energy Management and Conservation (Certificate)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will contribute to energy management, conservation, sustainability, and public policy in a dynamic and exciting sector. Help implement solutions and manage energy assets by responding to advances in energy conservation, energy public policy, smart grid, and green technologies.

Program: Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences (Certificate)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will engage in social sustainability by having the knowledge to work towards reconciliation with the Aborigonal populations of Canada. By exploring, analyzing, and reflecting on the experiences of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and their relationship with non-Aboriginal people, students will develop an understanding of these relationships by learning about Aboriginal history, governance, literature, community relations, health, well-being, and land use.

Program: Criminology and Social Justice (MA)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will engage in social sustainability by being equipped with the theoretical, methodological and professional foundations required for understanding various forms of inequality as they intersect with the criminal justice system, and improving access to justice.

Program: Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MEIE)
Course Level Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this program, engineering students and industry professionals will have the skills to advance their own technology-based startups within one of three tracks: Biomedical Engineering, Emerging Technology or Energy and Sustainable Innovation. Following the lean-startup development process, students take their concepts through three distinct phases: customer discovery, customer validation and customer acquisition, refining their projects from untested ideas into viable businesses. Students will gain the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience necessary to drive and manage innovation in existing companies or their own ventures.


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Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:
19.91

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