About this Specialization
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 10 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 10 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Specialization are

  • Librarians
  • Teachers
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Accountants
  • Professors

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Information & Digital Literacy for University Success

4.6
36 ratings
18 reviews
Course2

Problem-Solving Skills for University Success

4.5
19 ratings
3 reviews
Course3

Critical Thinking Skills for University Success

4.8
23 ratings
6 reviews
Course4

Communication Skills for University Success

4.6
25 ratings
1 reviews

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
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Luke Alexander

Academic Literacy Instructor and MOOC Learning Instructor
Centre for English Teaching
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Jessica Blackburn

Academic Literacy Instructor and MOOC Learning Designer
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....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • 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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