In this Specialization aimed for those who are preparing to enter the workplace, we will share with you some key cultural and linguistic features characterizing effective communication in this increasingly diverse and internationalised workplace.
This is done through four courses, building from knowing the self to communicating with the inner circle of colleagues within the organisation and expanding this circle to include external partners and stakeholders. There is also a capstone project which requires you to apply what you have learned in the four courses in real-life contexts potentially with industry players.
A leading global university located in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, and offers a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment.
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
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.
Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
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.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
There are four Courses and a Capstone Project in the Specialization. The duration of each Course is three weeks. It takes six weeks to complete the Capstone Project. Therefore, the total duration it takes to complete the entire Specialization is 18 weeks.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
Each course (except the Capstone Project) is offered every two weeks after the launch date.
What background knowledge is necessary?
There is no prior knowledge required to read this Specialization. In terms of language competency, you should have at a minimum of the equivalent of B1 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) or intermediate level.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
While the four Courses need not be taken in a sequential manner, for better flow and enhanced understanding, it may be helpful to read them from Course 1 to Course 4.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
There is no university credit that you can earn by completing this Specialization.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Upon completion of the Specialization, within the context of a globalized workplace, you will be able to:
· demonstrate awareness of the nature, intricacies and complexities of communication;
· understand the fundamental communication principles applicable to different contexts: written and spoken, face-to-face and online;
· display good understanding of effective interpersonal, intercultural and organizational competencies;
· produce workplace-related artefacts that are sensitive to audience and context; and
· make use of language appropriately and effectively for different genres ranging from informative to persuasive.
While the specialization focuses on application, it is grounded in intercultural and communication theories. Through case studies simulating the globalized workplace, you will have ample opportunities to practise and enhance your communication competence, taking into consideration intercultural elements.