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Approx. 12 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, German

Learner Career Outcomes

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 12 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, German

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Revising the problem definition

2 hours to complete
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 definition1h
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Incorporating multi-disciplinary perspectives

2 hours to complete
1 practice exercise
Incorporating multi-disciplinary perspectives2h
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Projecting a status quo scenario

2 hours to complete
1 practice exercise
Projecting a status quo scenario2h
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Developing innovative solutions

2 hours to complete
1 practice exercise
Developing innovative solutions2h

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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