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Library Graduate Attribute Toolkit

Guide to assessment examples to support teaching to achieve graduate attributes.

Demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media (Graduate Attribute 9)

Relates to Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework standard:

  • Uses information with understanding and acknowledges cultural, legal, and social issues in the use of information. 
    • Learning Outcomes:
      - acknowledges cultural, ethical, and socioeconomic issues related to access to, and use of, information
      - recognises that information is underpinned by values and beliefs
      - conforms with conventions and etiquette related to access to, and use of, information
      - legally obtains, stores, and disseminates text, data, images, or sounds


[1] Pace University Library. (2011).  Assignment ideas that develope information literacy skills.  Retrieved September 26, 2011, from

[2] North Georgia College & State University. Library Technology Center. (2011). Information literacy.  Retrieved September 26, 2011, from

[3] Clark College. Lewis D. Cannell Library. (2009). Ideas for assignments to promote information literacy and research skills. Retrieved September 26, 2011, from



Intellectual Property

This policy sets out how the University manages intellectual property rights and issues so as to best meet its policy objectives.


Copyright:   During a tutorial ask students to briefly define copyright, censorship and plagiarism on a sheet of paper to be handed in anonymously.  Have them include any questions they may have and address those questions in the class. [1]

Digital Images:   Ask students to create a web page or Powerpoint presentation incorporating digital images located by searching the web.  In preparation for the assignment facilitate a discussion of the issue of copyrighted images. [1]

Intellectual Property:   Have an open discussion on the availability of assignments or music for purchase on the Internet to raise issues around intellectual property.


Copyright:   Ask students to find a newspaper or magazine article on copyright, censorship or plagiarism and write a one page opinion paper on how this would affect them in some aspect of their life outside school, in their future career, as a parent, a consumer, etc. [1]

Poster Presentation:  Research a topic and present it in poster form.  Prepare support materials as well, to provide to fellow students. [2]


Propaganda:   Have students choose an issue that has been the subject of protest or propaganda in the past 500 years.  Write a paper detailing the issues of the protest/propaganda. The text/object can be a film, a literary or musical work, a poster, a pamphlet, a sculpture or painting, a building, a symbolic act or a historical moment.  The over arching  questions to address in the paper are: what historical forces—technological, political, cultural – brought this protested issue or point of propaganda to a critical point at the moment you are looking at?  What are the specific arguments being raised in the protest or propaganda?  How does your object/text embody these historical forces and detailed arguments. [3]

Anthology for a Unit: Using the catalogue and databases, have students compile an anthology or reader of works on a theme or topic.  Parameters could include scholarly articles written within the past 10 years, or including book chapters and historical material.  An introduction to the anthology that displays an overall understanding of the subject should be included.  Each item should be described and an explanation given for its inclusion.  The assignment should require that all entries use the appropriate referencing style. [2]