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Micro units explained: bite sized, future-focused learning

In a time of unprecedented technological and industry disruption, organisations are recognising the need to innovate and adapt their policies and processes to manage rapid change. In this environment of accelerated transformation, it is imperative leaders have the skills and knowledge to ask the right questions, and by doing so implement effective organisational strategies.

Tertiary education providers have a vital role to play in preparing leaders to navigate these complex and disrupted professional environments. Swinburne Online micro units are co-designed by university academics and industry leaders, synthesising Swinburne University’s rigorous and practical academic expertise with hands-on applied industry knowledge.

Each micro unit has a clearly defined focus on a key area of technology-based disruption, covering topics such as the rise of intelligent automation and big data, cybersecurity strategy from a leadership perspective, and the future of work in the Industry 4.0 era and beyond.

Upskilling in real time

The content for each micro unit is curated to be industry-relevant, and geared towards immediate professional applicability, so you will be able to apply what you’ve learnt to your current role, and do so in real time. The course is designed and delivered in a flexible intensive online mode you can fit in and around your professional and personal commitments.

In only 4–6 hours of study a week over a six-week period, you will be able to complete a Swinburne Online micro unit, bolstering your skill set in an area of industry need, enhancing your ability to manage technological disruption from a leadership perspective.

Each micro unit includes a relevant assessment that allows you to test your understanding and clarify your knowledge. The assessment itself is optional, so the decision of whether to take your study one step further is up to you. By completing the assessment you may be eligible for academic credit should you decide to pursue further study in future.

Collaborative and future-focused learning

You won’t be going at it alone. With the direction of an industry-expert online learning coach, you will be encouraged to make valuable connections with your peers, while contributing your existing knowledge and expertise in an adaptable and collaborative online learning space.

Upon completion, you will also have access to a one-on-one coaching session with your online facilitator. This a great opportunity to clarify your understanding of the learning materials, and discuss how best to apply everything you’ve learnt within your specific professional environment.

Micro units: a glimpse

Micro units cover a range of specialised topics on business leadership in the face of contemporary issues affecting modern workforces and industry.

Intelligent Automation and Chatbots

Equip yourself with a roadmap to traverse the intelligent automation landscape, empowering you to realise the potential of automating business processes.

Cybersecurity Strategy for Leaders

The threats that cyber criminals pose to organisations and individuals are many and varied. Learn to assess cyber threats accurately and make informed decisions to defend against the threat posed by cybercrime.

Business Success in the Industry 4.0 Era

Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – is already here. Make sense of the emerging business models and the mindsets that govern product and service design in the Industry 4.0 era.

Driving Strategy with Big Data

Realise the true value of business data. Learn to ask the right questions of data analysts and key stakeholders regarding the evaluation of outputs.

Understanding the Future World of Work

The modern workforce is undergoing frequent change, and so too are the observable patterns of work participation. Learn what leaders can do to improve workforce engagement and productivity at a time when the nature of work is shifting at a rapid pace.

Online learning at every level

Studying a Swinburne Online micro unit is a way to immediately upskill in a specialised area of business leadership, and often it can be an ideal starting point for further study.

Another of the Swinburne Online short courses might pique your interest; we offer shorter professional development courses as well as single units. Or you may even decide that with the flexibility that online learning offers, it’s well worth the investment to enrol in an online undergraduate or postgraduate course.

To explore and learn more about the micro units available visit the Swinburne Online micro unit page. Sign up today for the next intake, and commence study on October 28th.