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Top 15 courses from Australian universities 2021

On our list of the 15 top online courses from Australian universities, you’ll find some topics of inspiration, as well as enrolment links for each course.

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We’ve put together a list of our most popular and highly-rated courses from some of the leading universities in Australia. Whether you want to upskill, switch careers or learn something new, our flexible online courses can offer you inspiration and practical knowledge to help you thrive, personally and professionally. 

1. Improve your IELTS Speaking score 

Learn how to improve your speaking score on the IELTS, the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, with Macquarie University in Sydney. This extremely popular online course will provide opportunities for you to interact with other learners and practise your fluency, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation skills. You’ll discover how to self-assess your English speaking skills, learn what examiners are looking for and develop strategies to achieve your dream score.

Macquarie University is only 50 years old, but already they are ranked among the top two percent of universities in the world. They are a progressive and influential institution, producing highly sought-after graduates. This course comes from the Macquarie University English Language Centre, which has almost 30 years of experience helping students improve their English. 

2. Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance 

Feeling stressed out and eager to discover mindfulness techniques? Try our Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance course from Monash University. Learn about mindfulness meditation, cultivating gentleness, mindful eating and other practices. Discover how mindfulness can benefit your productivity, creativity and emotion management.

Monash is the youngest member of Australia’s Group of Eight, a coalition of the country’s most prestigious research-intensive universities. In just 60 years, Monash has become Australia’s largest university, earning an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence. Check out our selection of other courses by Monash and begin learning today.

3. Practise your PTE Academic Speaking Skills 

Another of our most highly rated Australian courses comes from the Macquarie University English Language Centre, this time partnered with Pearson PTE Academic, the creators of the Pearson English language test. On this course, you will analyse English speaking samples, practise speaking English with other learners and learn English grammar and vocabulary.

Ultimately, this course will help you build your confidence in speaking English and achieve your desired score in the speaking section of PTE Academic. 

4. Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive at Work 

Discover how to build crucial resilience skills at work with this course from Deakin University, one of Australia’s largest universities with a focus on innovation and industry partnerships. In this certified course, you’ll explore the capabilities, skills, and self-care practices that contribute to building resilience. Learn how to deal with stress at work and in your personal life on this highly-rated course. 

Deakin’s fastest-growing campus in the university is in the Cloud Campus, where over 15,000 students study predominantly online. Deakin is undoubtedly leading the way for universities creating effective digital learning environments.

5. Supporting and Engaging People with Autism 

If you know or work with someone who has autism, this could be an excellent course to learn practical advice on how to support and engage with them. The course uses real scenarios, draws on students’ experiences and aims to foster a supportive network of parents and carers. It provides a practical framework, called the ‘person first’ approach for managing the challenges of supporting someone with autism.

Swinburne University is based in Melbourne, and they are educational leaders in science, technology, innovation, business and design in Australia. This course is facilitated by Dr. PuiTzan, who has extensive experience working with children with autism and their families. She worked as a registered psychologist in schools and private practice before joining Swinburne University.

6. Business Futures: Sustainable Business Through Green HR 

Gain an introduction to how Green HR can help create a business that’s environmentally friendly with this online course from RMIT University. You’ll learn to define sustainability from an ecological and human resource perspective, assess the effectiveness of business strategies and approaches to sustainability, and explore green HR tools. You’ll look at different business perspectives, including the fashion industry. 

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise specialising in art and design; architecture and the built environment; engineering; computer science; and business and management studies. The main university is in Melbourne, but they also have campuses in Vietnam and an industry collaboration centre in Spain.

7. Supporting Adolescent Learners: Social and Emotional Wellbeing 

The pandemic has put a mental strain on many young people around the world, so it’s not surprising that Griffith University’s course about supporting adolescent learners with their wellbeing has been popular. You’ll investigate the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young people, explore the uses of neuroscience in education and help youths embrace lifelong learning.

Griffith University in Queensland aims to challenge conventions, respond to trends and pioneer solutions through innovative teaching and research. Griffith’s main goal is to prepare students for the future, and their high-quality degrees are developed in consultation with industry, based on cutting-edge research.

8. Inclusive Education: Essential Knowledge for Success 

Discover everything about inclusive education, explore its benefits and learn to implement it at system, school and classroom level, with this popular course from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Learn about the history of inclusive education, the social model of disability and inclusive language. If you’re a teacher or parent interested in inclusive education, then this is the course for you.

QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top one percent of universities worldwide in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. They are a connected, relevant and collaborative institution that seeks to solve real-world challenges.

9. Agriculture, Economics and Nature

Interested in agriculture? Discover agricultural economics and learn how to use economics for better decision making and efficiency in agriculture, with this highly-rated course from the University of Western Australia. Learn how to make more informed agricultural decisions as a farmer or policymaker, exploring topics such as production methods, resource conservation and climate change.

The University of Western Australia is based in Perth and is also one of the Group of Eight leading research universities in Australia. It is particularly well known for its expertise in life and agricultural sciences, psychology, education and earth and marine sciences.

10. The Science of Medicines 

In our second most popular course from Monash University, you can learn the science behind how and why medicines work, and what can improve a patient’s treatment. This in-depth course will take you through a range of different health problems such as heart disease and depression. You’ll be taught about the physiology of the disease, and then the chemistry and pharmacology of the drugs used to treat it.

You don’t need to be an expert in chemistry or pharmacology to understand or enjoy this course, as no previous knowledge is assumed. Only an interest in the subject is necessary!

11. Learning and Memory: Understandings from Educational Neuroscience 

Whether you’re an educator or just fascinated about neuroscience, this course from Central Queensland University will spark your curiosity. Discover how to become a truly impactful educator by exploring the science of memory formation and its impact on learning. This course is actually part of our Educational Neuroscience: Research-Led Teaching Approaches ExpertTrack, so if you’d love to delve even deeper into educational neuroscience, here’s your chance to enrol.

Central Queensland University is known as one of Australia’s most accessible and engaged universities with a footprint spanning five states of Australia and including more than 20 locations. They have particularly highly-rated psychology, education and business departments.

12. Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning 

Here’s another great course for teachers, educators and fans of educational psychology. In this course by Monash University, you can explore how new behaviours are learnt by examining different types of psychological conditioning. You’ll gain an understanding of how biological factors can influence some forms of learning and learn to identify the role of conditioning in real-life scenarios.

This psychology course is also part of an ExpertTrack, where you can build expertise by completing a series of related courses. Enrol onto our Introduction to Psychology ExpertTrack today, to master the basic principles of psychology with Monash.

13. Fairy Tales: Meanings, Messages, and Morals 

Looking for something more literary? Why not try building your skills in literary analysis and creative writing by exploring the meaning of fairy tales. On this course by the University of Newcastle, you will look deeper into the enchanting and surprisingly dark themes of several well-known European fairy tales. You’ll consider their historical context and evaluate the characters, styles and plots in order to discover the messages of morality they hide.

The University of Newcastle is based in New South Wales and is consistently ranked within Australia’s top 10 Universities, and has 15 subjects recognised in the world’s top 200 subjects.

14. Introduction to Sustainability and Development

If you want to learn how to save the planet, this course by Deakin University might be for you. Discover the impact of human activity on our planet, and what we can do to ensure a sustainable future for everybody. You’ll explore the relationship between humans and the environment and imagine what the future could look like with the help of technology.

15. Bullying in Schools: How Should Teachers Respond? 

In this practical course by Queensland University of Technology, you’ll learn strategies you can use to support children and minimise bullying in your school and classroom. Bullying can be a tricky thing to deal with, and it must be handled sensitively. On this course, you’ll be able to interpret people’s different attitudes towards bullying, understand why bullying is under-reported by students to staff, and learn to engage helpfully when a child reports bullying.


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