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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, German

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Revising the problem definition

Welcome to the Capstone! This module contains all sorts of information on how to finish the final assignment. At the end of the module, you will review the problem definition you wrote at the end of Course 1....
1 video (Total 3 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 readings
An overview of Capstone activities10m
A Preview of the Briefing Paper Assignment10m
Writing Advice10m
1 practice exercise
Revising the problem definitions
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Incorporating multi-disciplinary perspectives

Here you will review the summary of sources your produced at the end of Course 2, as well as the reflective exercise you completed at the end of Course 3....
1 quiz
1 practice exercise
Incorporating multi-disciplinary perspectivess
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Projecting a status quo scenario

Here you will review the ‘status quo scenario’ from Course 3. Reflect on this prediction in light of the work you have done since you first formulated it. ...
1 quiz
1 practice exercise
Projecting a status quo scenarios
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Developing innovative solutions

Here you will review your preferred innovation from Course 3 to address the problem you have articulated....
1 quiz
1 practice exercise
Developing innovative solutionss
Week
5
2 hours to complete

Drafting a Complete Briefing Paper

Here you will now complete the final two sections of your Briefing Paper, and ensure that the paper proceeds smoothly and logically, with adequate signposts for the reader....
1 quiz
1 practice exercise
Drafting a complete Briefing Papers
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Revision, submission, and reflection

Nearly there!...
3 quizzes
2 practice exercises
Final revisions5m
Reflections on your Big History Briefing Paper10m

Instructors

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Shawn Ross

Associate Professor
Big History Institute
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David Baker

Associate Lecturer
Big History Institute
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David Christian

Professor
Big History Institute

About Macquarie University

Macquarie is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world, and with a 5-star QS rating, we are recognised for producing graduates who are among the most sought-after professionals in the world. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university: one focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society....

About the Solving Complex Problems Specialization

SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS will teach you revolutionary new problem-solving skills. Involving lectures from over 50 experts from all faculties at Macquarie University, we look at solving complex problems in a way that has never been done before. This specialization uses the framework of Big History which synthesizes knowledge across the sciences and the humanities, and provides a powerful foundation to think and research in new ways. Big History has been embraced as an important global framework by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Presentations at WEF by Professor David Christian, one of the creators of this specialization, have included ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Solving 21st Century Challenges’ (Davos 2012), ‘Big History for Big Picture Thinking’ (Davos 2014), and ‘Big History, Big Decisions’ (Tianjin 2014). In 2015, the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos had four sessions devoted to Big History including three interdisciplinary ‘Big History, Big Future’ panels on cooperation, innovation, and global growth and stability. These interdisciplinary discussion panels were the inspiration for this Solving Complex Problems Specialization....
Solving Complex Problems

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