About this Course
This Specialization is aimed at preparing students for undergraduate study in an English-speaking university. The course equips you for full participation and engagement with your studies by building awareness and understanding of the core values and expectations of academic culture, and providing you with practical strategies to apply to your studies. In the Capstone Project, you will apply the academic knowledge and skills you have learnt throughout courses 1-4 to research, write and present a project proposal that addresses a complex, real-world problem related to your field of interest and/or future study. After completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Apply a range of idea generation techniques 2. Apply research strategies to search, collect, select, process, and cite information 3. Use the research process to develop and critically analyse ideas 4. Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate and analyse ideas and evidence 5. Use problem-solving skills to identify gaps in knowledge and define issues 6. Develop creative and innovative solutions to real-world problems 7. Use appropriate academic genres for written texts and multi-media presentations 8. Use written and oral skills to communicate ideas effectively for academic contexts...
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Approx. 17 hours to complete

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100% online courses

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Flexible deadlines

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Clock

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
3 hours to complete

Introduction to the course & How to identify a real world problem

In this module, you will be introduced to the course and then begin your project proposal. You will do this firstly by choosing a community that means something to you and identifying a real world problem within that community you would like to solve. This will help you to create a project that means something to you and that you can be passionate about. Then you will brainstorm the causes and effects of that problem before finally writing out a problem statement!...
Reading
8 videos (Total 26 min), 9 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
1.1a Introduction to the Capstone5m
1.1 Discussions1m
1.1 Weekly Peer Review1m
1.1 Resources1m
1.2a Identifying a Real World Problem5m
1.3a Causes & Effects4m
1.4 Writing a Problem Statement3m
Reading9 readings
Overview of Weekly Topics & Learning Outcomes10m
Assessment Overview2m
Stage 1 - Step by step example10m
Community Brainstorm2m
Issues Brainstorm2m
Cause & Effects Brainstorm2m
Word Storm2m
Question Map2m
Mind Map2m
Week
2
Clock
5 hours to complete

Researching the Current State

This module relates to Stage 2 of your Capstone project. Use the resources here to help you search for information, collate and then use the information in order to assess and describe the current state of your issue. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 12 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
2.2a Writing a Background Paragraph6m
Reading2 readings
Processing and Coding1m
Stage 2 - Step by step example10m
Week
3
Clock
6 hours to complete

Solving the problem: Defining the Desired State

This module relates to Stages 3, 4 and 5 of your Capstone project. Use the resources here to help you generate ideas and then combine them with research for the desired state. You will then brainstorm possible actions you could do in order to bridge the gap between the current state of your issue, identified in Stage 2, and your desired states. You will also need to evaluate and refine those actions. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 10 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video2 videos
3.2a Evaluating the Actions6m
Reading2 readings
Stage 3 - Step by step example10m
Stage 4 and 5 - Step by step example10m
Week
4
Clock
5 hours to complete

Write the project proposal

This module relates to Stages 6 and 7 of your Capstone project. Use the resources here to help you summarise your project, create SMART goals, a detailed action plan and a list of all the participants and resources your project will require. You will also find resources on polishing and refining your proposal for submission. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
4.2a Action Plans3m
4.3a Participants & Resources4m
4.4a Titles & Refining and Polishing3m
Reading1 reading
Stages 6 and 7 - Step by step example15m

Instructors

Katherine Olston

Deputy Director (Digital Learning)
University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching

Luke Alexander

Academic Literacy Instructor and MOOC Learning Instructor
Centre for English Teaching

Lydia Dutcher

Education Manager, Graduate Programs
Centre for English Teaching

Jessica Blackburn

Academic Literacy Instructor and MOOC Learning Designer
Centre for English Teaching

About The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading comprehensive research and teaching universities, consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of universities in the world. In 2015, we were ranked 45 in the QS World University Rankings, and 100 percent of our research was rated at above, or well above, world standard in the Excellence in Research for Australia report....

About the Academic Skills for University Success Specialization

Develop skills in information & digital literacy, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication. This Specialization is a high-level academic skills course designed to increase your level of academic preparedness prior to commencement of your studies in an English-medium university. The course equips you for full participation and engagement with your studies by building awareness and understanding of the core values and expectations of academic culture....
Academic Skills for University Success

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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