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Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English
100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Introduction to Communication in Academic Culture

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Reading
7 videos (Total 58 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
1.1a Introduction to the Course4m
1.2a Introduction to Academic Culture10m
1.2b Introduction to Communication14m
1.3a Survival Skills for University8m
1.3b Resilience & Motivation for University8m
1.4a Academic Integrity10m
Reading7 readings
Communication Weekly Topics & Learning Outcomes10m
Communication Assessment Overview10m
Summative Peer Assessment10m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Quiz6 practice exercises
1.1 Practice Quiz6m
1.2 Practice Quiz6m
1.3 Practice Quiz6m
1.4 Practice Quiz6m
Summative Quiz - Module 110m
Discussion Board Self Assessment - Module 12m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Participating in University Discussion Contexts

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Reading
8 videos (Total 75 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
Video8 videos
2.1b Rhetorical situations at university12m
2.1c University course outlines & contexts of communication6m
2.2a Making the Most of Participation in University Contexts6m
2.2b Participation & Communication at University12m
2.3a Participating in Lectures & Tutorials10m
2.3b Participating in Online Forums7m
2.4a Participating in Group Work9m
Reading4 readings
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Quiz6 practice exercises
2.1 Practice Quiz6m
2.2 Practice Quiz6m
2.3 Practice Quiz6m
2.4 Practice Quiz6m
Summative Quiz - Module 220m
Discussion Board Self Assessment - Module 22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Interpreting, Researching & Planning Written Assignments

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Reading
8 videos (Total 75 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
Video8 videos
3.2a Part 1: Understanding Essay Assignments9m
3.2a Part 2: Interpreting Essay Questions10m
3.2b Understanding and Interpreting Reports & Proposals10m
3.3a Conducting Research for Essays7m
3.3b Conducting Research for Reports & Proposals4m
3.4a Planning Essays9m
3.4b Planning Reports & Proposals9m
Reading7 readings
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
3.2c Understanding the question10m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
3.4c Basic Essay Structures10m
3.4d Professional Report Structures10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
3.1 Practice Quiz6m
3.2 Practice Quiz6m
3.3 Practice Quiz6m
3.4 Practice Quiz6m
Summative Quiz - Module 320m
Discussion Board Self Assessment - Module 32m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Writing Effective & Concise Written Assignments

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Reading
9 videos (Total 82 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
Video9 videos
4.2a Drafting Essays10m
4.2b Drafting Reports & Proposals7m
4.2c Coherence & Cohesion for Essays & Reports11m
4.3a Polishing & Refining Essays14m
4.3b Polishing & Refining Reports & Proposals8m
4.3c Incorporating Visual Aids in Written Assignments7m
4.3d Editing for Language11m
4.4a Formatting and Proofreading Written Assignments for Submission5m
Reading8 readings
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
4.2d Paragraph structure10m
4.2e Reporting Verbs10m
4.2f Overcoming Writer's Block10m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
4.4b Written Assignment Checklist10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
4.1 Practice Quiz6m
4.2 Practice Quiz6m
4.3 Practice Quiz6m
4.4 Practice Quiz6m
Summative Quiz - Module 420m
Discussion Board Self Assessment - Module 42m

Instructors

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Katherine Olston

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

Education Manager, Graduate Programs
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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