Sea Coast and Rock Shapes

Course name: Taking Action and choosing priorities (CSF104)
In this course you will learn how to prioritise the actions that sit between your baseline and your vision of success by applying the three prioritising questions. You will then consider communicating your work, your audience, your story, and how will you connect the two.

Course metrics

Notional learning hours: 40 hours.
Duration: 2 weeks, 10 hours per week.
Assessment: 20 hours.
Formal credit option: Yes, 4 credits of a 15-credit course towards a 120-credit credential at Otago Polytechnic.
Course: One of four micro courses for Creating Sustainable Futures.
Credential: The following articulation pathways are available:

Level: 1st year Bachelor Degree Level.

What’s it about

Taking Action and choosing priorities is about using collaboration and imagination to work out the steps you need to take to move from your baseline to your clearly articulated vision. It also requires personal ability to be creative – a great enough knowledge of self that creates room for inspiration and clarity.

What will I learn?

In this micro course you will:

  • Learn that inspiration often comes from unexpected places.
  • Be able to ask, “How would nature do this?”
  • Understand prioritising questions to provide a check before action.
  • Taking action changes perspective. With reflection it can provide new insight into the next course of action.
  • Understand your audience and what you need them to know.
  • Bring your audience and your message together.
  • Learn to be clear and concise. No jargon, no buzz words.
  • Be able to ensure that the right measures are in place.
  • Understand the Tools level of the 5 Level framework from CSF101
  • Have an understanding of which tools are best.

What’s involved?

There are 4 learning pathways each containing numerous resources and 5 activities, the last one being an assessment.
The learning pathways are:

  • Inspiring creative solutions.
  • Prioritising actions.
  • Communicating for success.
  • Choosing the right support tools.

The micro-course can be completed in 40 hours, assessments included.

What prerequisites should I have, if any?

Anyone is free to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web browsing skills are recommended with the ability to create a blog and microblog account (instructions and self-study tutorials provided.) You are requested to keep a personal learning journal as reflection has been shown to increase learning markedly.

Learners aiming to submit assessments for formal academic credit will need to meet the normal university admission requirements of the conferring institution (e.g. language proficiency and school leaving certificates). Learners aiming for the 3rd year Bachelor level are advised to have completed the majority of their 2nd year level subjects to have sufficient capability and experience for preparing assignments for 3rd year level of Bachelor study.

Each micro-course uses the knowledge gained in the previous one. The following prerequisites are recommended:

Course Prerequisite
CSF101 None
CSF102 CSF101
CSF103 CSF101, CSF102
CSF104 CSF101, CSF102, CSF103

CSF104 is the final course in a set of four. It draws on knowledge gained in the previous courses. You will therefore need to have completed the previous three courses in the Creating Sustainable Futures group.