Degree-level Expectations (DLEs)
Every Ontario University is required to create its own process of establishing
new and modifying and reviewing existing programs, within the so-called
Quality Assurance Framework
of the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance
Brock has its own Quality Assurance Office
that is responsible for this process and, in particular, for maintaining
Brock Undergraduate Degree-level Learning Expectations (UDLEs)
and Brock Graduate Degree-level Learning Expectations (GDLEs)
within each of the six broad categories agreed upon by the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV).
The Faculty of Mathematics and Science (FMS),
in turn, has defined its own, Faculty-specific versions of UDLEs and GDLEs, based on the University ones.
At the program level, each programs within Physics has program-specific
Program-level Learning Expectations that map onto the FMS and Brock-level
Finally, depending on
the pedagogical model
adopted by the instructor, each course may have its own Course-level
Learning Outcomes (CLOs) which are specific statements of the competencies
and aptitudes that a student must demonstrate (through course assessment)
upon successful completion of the course.
It is the stated intent of the Quality Assurance Framework
to cultivate a culture of quality in education without becoming an impediment
of continuous program
improvements (Quality Assurance Framework,
Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance,
Developing and refining various levels of Learning Expectations (and, possibly, Learning Outcomes)
is an ongoing, continuous process that started in 2008.
The following tables presents a summary of the Undegraduate Degree-Level Expectations (DLEs), as defined by Brock University and as further refined for the Faculty of Mathematics and Science (FMS), in each of the OCAV categories. Unlike the University DLEs, the FMS DLEs are defined identically for both Honours and Pass degrees.
As the above tables demonstrate, there is only a minimal refinement of the
GDLEs from the University to the Faculty level (highlighted
in red). Therefore, in what follows the
designation "Brock/FMS GDLEs" is used.
The task of generating program-specific Learning Expectations is left to the
Learning Expectations for Ph.D. in Physics