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University of Victoria
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.32 / 8.00 Dr. Catherine Mateer
Assoicate Vice President Academic Planning
Vice President Academic & Provost
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Number of students who graduated from a program that has adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:
1,317

Total number of graduates from degree programs:
4,543

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

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Mechanical, Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering

Bachelor of Science and Arts in Geography

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Ocean Science

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science and Arts in Environmental Studies

Master of Business Administration

Master of Global Business

Masters of Science and Arts in Environmental Studies


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

Bachelor of Commerce
Responsible Leadership (Sustainability/Social Responsibility)
Gustavson BCom graduates will act upon their recognition that organizations and their members have a responsibility to the broader society of which they are a part.

Master of Business Administration
Responsible Leadership (Sustainability/Social Responsibility)
Gustavson MBA graduates will act upon their recognition that organizations and their members have a responsibility to the broader society of which they are a part, and will act accordingly.

Bachelor of Mechanical, Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering
(from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board): 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.

Bachelor of Science and Arts in Geography requires students to take Geography 101a, which contains the follow “course objective”:
The goal of Geography 101A is to introduce students to the way in which the ecosphere functions, the ways in which society interacts with the natural environment and the implications for sustainability. There is a strong emphasis on gaining understanding of key environmental problems and developing more sustainable approaches to societal interactions with the environment.

Bachelor of Science in Biology requires students complete Bio 215: the Principles of Ecology which tests students on areas including the following:
Biodiversity- global patterns in species abundance, causes for global trends- evapotranspiration, spatial heterogeneity, geological history, complexity, stability
Human impact on ecosystems – population growth, habitat loss, fragmentation, atmospheric contaminants, global temperature changes, extreme weather events, freshwater and marine pollution, ocean acidification, ocean sea levels, overhunting and overfishing, introduced (exotic) species, extinctions
Conservation ecology- history, ecological footprint, International categories of protection on the land and sea, benefits and limitations of protected areas, SLOSS, minimum viable population (MVP), critical habitats, hotspots, endemic species, park design, restoration
Ecological options for the future

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology requires students complete Anth 200 which includes the following learning outcomes:
learn to see the cultural dimension of human life and understand the role of culture in shaping our everyday lives.
learn about the value of cross-cultural comparison and be able to apply anthropological theories and concepts to real-world problems.
learn about global economic, political, and cultural processes and their consequences for local systems.
Bachelor of Science in Earth and Ocean Science requires students to take the EOS 110, which contains the following learning outcomes:
share the scientific methods of gathering, assessing, and learning information about the Earth,
provide a summary of the major areas of investigation in atmospheric & ocean sciences,
challenge you to assess the current state of these environments to help build your own futures.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nursing 350 is required to complete a Bachelor of Nursing at UVic and this course mandates the following “Learning Experiences”:
Exploration of the role of the nurse in promoting health in relation to environmental issues
Exploration of the interconnectedness of global and environmental health (e.g. ecological connections between health in diverse areas of the world)


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Learning outcomes are not constructed as a matter of process at UVic. However, UVic has at least 7 programs for which learning outcomes are articulated, and 5 of those programs contain sustainability related outcomes. These include three programs from UVic's Gustavson School of Business, and several accredited engineering programs at UVic. The learning outcomes for the engineering programs contain one sustainability related outcome and all of the outcomes are provided by Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Graduates of the three environmental studies programs (undergraduate, MA, and PhD) are also considered to have sustainability learning outcomes, as those are sustainability focused programs. Because learning outcomes are not articulated for each program, it is unclear what percentage of the total graduates have completed their studies with sustainability learning outcome integrated into their programs.

UVic also contains a number of programs for which sustainability related learning outcomes are articulated within required courses. These Bachelor of Arts and Science programs include Anthropology, Biology, Geography, Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Nursing.

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