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English
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Introduction to Communication in Academic Culture

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 58 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
7 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
7 readings
Communication Weekly Topics & Learning Outcomes10m
Communication Assessment Overview10m
Summative Peer Assessment10m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
6 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

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Participating in University Discussion Contexts

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 75 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
8 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
4 readings
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
6 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

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Interpreting, Researching & Planning Written Assignments

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 75 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
8 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
7 readings
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
3.2c Understanding the question10m
Learning Outcomes2m
Learning Outcomes2m
3.4c Basic Essay Structures10m
3.4d Professional Report Structures10m
6 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

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Writing Effective & Concise Written Assignments

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 82 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
9 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
8 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
6 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

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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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