About this Specialization

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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.
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Beginner Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

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English

Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
25%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Information & Digital Literacy for University Success

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stars
271 ratings
69 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Problem-Solving Skills for University Success

4.7
stars
128 ratings
17 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Critical Thinking Skills for University Success

4.7
stars
106 ratings
18 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Communication Skills for University Success

4.7
stars
79 ratings
7 reviews

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The University of Sydney

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  • 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. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization is made up of five course. Each course is designed to take 6 weeks to complete.

  • No prior experience is required, however, it would be helpful to you if you have a basic awareness of academic conventions.

  • The course is designed to be taken in any order, however, we recommend you follow the order given here.

  • You will not earn university credit for completing the Specialization.

  • After taking this specialization, you will be able to:

    1) Use multimodal forms of communication (written, spoken, visual) in English to a high level of proficiency across a variety of situations and for different academic purposes.

    2) Use technology to research, collect, evaluate, select, process and communicate information in order to use it for study purposes.

    3) Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to make reasoned judgements, present credible arguments, identify gaps in knowledge, evaluate beliefs and clearly articulate results of inquiry.

    4) Develop, implement, and communicate innovative and creative ideas effectively and in forms that have impact on real-world contexts.

    5) Present a portfolio of work produced throughout the specialization to showcase and demonstrate their academic skills.

    6) Demonstrate an understanding of academic conventions and academic integrity.

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