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

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Beginner Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Problem-Solving Skills for University Success

After this module, you will be able to 1. Understand the structure & expectations of the course 2. Understand expectations about Problem-Solving within academic culture 3. Articulate the skills & dispositions needed for Problem-Solving 4. Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues related to academic integrity surrounding Problem-Solving...
6 videos (Total 43 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
6 videos
1.1a Introduction to the Course4m
1.2a Introduction to Academic Culture10m
1.2b Introduction to Problem Solving8m
1.3a Survival Skills for University8m
1.4 Academic Integrity9m
8 readings
Overview of Weekly Topics & Learning Outcomes10m
Problem-Solving Skills Assessment Overview10m
Glossary of Terms10m
Acknowledgements10m
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
6 practice exercises
1.1. Review6m
1.2 Review6m
1.3 Review6m
1.4 Review6m
Summative Quiz - Module 120m
Discussion Board Self-Assessment - Module 110m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Categorise Problems & The Problem-Solving Process

After this module, you will be able to 1. Categorize different problems based on their type 2. Identify the different problem types most common at university 3. Recognise language associated with descriptive & analytical problem types 4. Recognise & apply the four-step problem solving process...
9 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
9 videos
2.1b Categorizing Problems 17m
2.1c Categorizing Problems 25m
2.1d Problems in Different Fields7m
2.2a Descriptive Tasks and Problems7m
2.3a Analytical Tasks4m
2.3b Analytical Problems7m
2.4a The Problem Solving Process7m
2.4b The Problem Solving Process4m
4 readings
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
6 practice exercises
2.1 Review6m
2.2 Review6m
2.3 Review6m
2.4 Review6m
Summative Quiz - Module 220m
Discussion Board Self-Assessment - Module 210m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Understanding Problems, Generating Solutions & Solution Paths

After this module, you will be able to 1. Apply strategies to help you better understand a problem & identify the goal of a problem 2. Generate ideas or approaches for solving a problem 3. Apply strategies to help you find alternative solutions 4. Recognise the place of research & evidence in problem solving 5. Identify & justify formulas, theories or outside tools required for problem solving....
8 videos (Total 44 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
8 videos
3.1b Strategies for Understanding and Beginning the Problem5m
3.1c Check your Marking Criteria!5m
3.2a Starting with What you Know5m
3.3a Using Specialized Knowledge6m
3.4a Problem-Solving with Special Cases4m
3.4b Strategies for Problem-Solving with Specialized Knowledge & Special Cases5m
3.4c Using Special Cases to Solve Problems4m
6 readings
Learning Outcomes3m
3.1d Strategies for Understanding the Problem10m
Learning Outcomes3m
3.2b Brainstorms & Mind-Maps explained10m
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
6 practice exercises
3.1 Review6m
3.2 Review6m
3.3 Review6m
3.4 Review6m
Summative Quiz - Module 320m
Discussion Board Self-Assessment - Module 310m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Taking Creative & Critical Approaches to Solving Problems, & Evaluating Solutions

After this module, you will be able to 1. Change analogies & viewpoints to solve problems. 2. Apply a variety of forms of reasoning & thinking. 3. Employ creative techniques to the solution of problems. 4. Evaluate a number of solutions to a problem to determine the best one....
9 videos (Total 47 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
9 videos
4.1b Learning from Other People4m
4.2a Applying Forms of Reasoning and Thinking6m
4.2b Questioning Assumptions & Considering Alternatives4m
Questioning Assumptions: The 9 Dot Problem3m
4.3a Using Creative Strategies5m
4.3b The Importance of Creativity4m
4.4a Evaluating Solutions6m
4.4b Strategies for Evaluating Solutions6m
5 readings
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
4.3c Creative Ideation Strategies10m
Learning Outcomes3m
6 practice exercises
4.1 Review6m
4.2 Review6m
4.3 Review6m
4.4 Review6m
Summative Quiz - Module 420m
Discussion Board Self-Assessment - Module 410m
Week
5
3 hours to complete

Communicating Solutions & Solving Problems in Academic Life

After this module, you will be able to 1. Communicate your solutions to problems to your audience. 2. Study for university exams, & communicate your solutions to problems in exams. 3. Deal with competing priorities at university. 4. Find solutions to problems that can occur at university....
10 videos (Total 55 min), 6 readings, 6 quizzes
10 videos
5.1b Communicating Solutions in Written & Oral Form3m
5.2a Communicating Solutions in Exams6m
5.3a Group Problem Solving6m
5.3b Solving Group Problems5m
5.3c Group Work at University5m
5.4a Problems, Problems, Problems4m
5.4b Organisation & Time Management5m
5.4c Learning to De-Stress & Let Things Go8m
5.4d Where to Find Help3m
6 readings
Learning Outcomes3m
Learning Outcomes3m
5.2b Exam Checklist10m
Learning Outcomes3m
5.3d Active Listening Techniques10m
Learning Outcomes3m
6 practice exercises
5.1 Review6m
5.2 Review6m
5.3 Review6m
5.4 Review6m
Summative Quiz - Module 520m
Discussion Board Self-Assessment - Module 510m
Week
6
3 hours to complete

Summative Assessment

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3 readings, 1 quiz
3 readings
Summative Assessment Overview10m
How to mark your peers' assignments10m
Practice peer making activity answers10m

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

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