Map the attributes of a programme

Graduate attributes, clinical competencies, terms like this can be nominated by the review authors in order to match the language best understood by the accrediting or reviewing body.  In this documentation, we refer to them all as graduate attributes, and they’re a collection of broad characteristics which we hope to see in our students when they graduate.  While not every paper will contribute to the development of every one of the attributes, over the course of the whole programme it’s important that they all be covered and reinforced.

Below are the same instructions as are shown to reviewers, and the bottom of the page has a list of troubleshooting tips for review authors.

Mapping a programme

  1. From the review homepage, navigate to the tab named Map graduate attributes (or similar).  Please note that the exact term you see may not be graduate attribute, but whatever was originally defined as the most relevant terminology to your field.
  2. Click the Select semesters button (a) to open the dialog box selecting which semester(s) you’d like to show in the table.  Where census period is longer than a year, this selection can help to declutter the map.  Click Update semester selection (b) to return to the main interface.

  1. Once you’ve selected your semesters, new buttons will appear on the left hand side, and all the papers will appear greyed out. Click the Select graduate attribute (or whatever) drop-down (c) and select the one by which you want to colour the map.  The name of the one you select will appear underneath the drop-down so you’ll always know what you’re seeing.  The scale for the colours is shown in the legend (d).

  1. For any paper, you can click on its box to see more detailed information about how the selected graduate attribute is developed and contributed to in the paper.  This includes a list of the intended learning outcomes (e) and their related assessments (f).  Scroll to the bottom of the pop-up box to find a link to the paper’s homepage (g).   Please see information about navigating the paper homepage here.

Troubleshooting the mapping function

When I open the mapping tab, the map is blank.  Check that you’ve selected semesters (a) and an attribute to colour the map by (c) first.  If it’s still blank, read on …

I’ve selected a semester(s) but there are no papers shown.  Check that there are papers which exist in the programme as well as in the census period for the review:

  • To change the papers you’ll need programme editing capabilities (programme planner, head of department or superuser) in order to change anything to do with the programme’s contents (see the add and edit papers and organising the papers page in the Planning toolkit for details).
  • To change the census period, review authors can select the start and end dates using the Edit review button in the side-bar.  For details see this page.

I’ve selected an attribute to map but the map stays grey.  The colours are taken from staff members choosing the amount (from none to lots) to which their paper contributes to development of each attribute.  Once an attribute is selected, any paper which remains grey indicates that it has no relevance and makes no contribution to that attribute.  Check that staff members are aware of what they need to do in order to register their contributions – details can be found on the setting graduate attribute scores page in the Teacher toolkit.

I can’t select the attribute I want.  There could be two reasons for this.  The first, that the attribute is not associated with the programme. Planners, heads of department, and superusers can edit the attributes against which the whole programme is measured.  Note that unless teaching staff have had a chance to rate their papers’ contributions to the new attributes, they will show as grey on the map.  Review authors can edit the attributes which are used in the current review.