Since its establishment the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has played a role as “urban catalyst” in one of the rapidly growing and transforming regions of Australia. Its foundational mission statement was “To be the major catalyst for the academic, cultural and economic advancement of the region: by leadership; by pursuit of international standards in teaching and research; and by responsiveness to the needs of students, staff, community and the environment”. Microbiology stream was one of the first to be offered to the students at the USC and courses were designed to be in-line with the mission statement. Since 1999 microbiology hasbeen an integral part of many different programs ranging from environmental science to biomedical science. In addition, the design pedagogies used during microbiology course development were targeted to encourage the students to transfer their theoretical knowledge into creation and application of innovative bio-technologies to provide solutions for the regional problems. This target-directed approach has also been in-line with the strategic directions defined for the region by the state and regional governments and councils (Kurtbӧke, 2016). Teaching-Research Nexus: where research shapes and informs teaching, and teaching shapes and informs research was also embedded into the microbiology stream and has also been one of the focus points in the design of microbiology laboratory practicals. The discipline-based learning was intended to equip the students with hand-on skills to meet the needs of regional authorities and industries upon graduation. In this presentation delivery and contents of the lecture and laboratory practicals targeting to enhance graduate employability in the region will be communicated (Kurtbӧke, 2016).
2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016