Micro-credential

Introduction

Micro-credentials are certifications that demonstrate the learning achieved in a single course or a set of courses. These certifications are intended to provide learners with knowledge, skills, values, and competencies in a specific area of study or practice.

The rapidly changing nature of the knowledge economy has led to an increased demand for lifelong and life-wide learning in order to remain employable, adaptable, and productive. In response, industry and demand-driven, personalized, and online courses and certifications have challenged and changed the way higher education providers deliver higher education, disrupting the traditional idea of education with qualifications as the primary goal.

Micro-credentials, also known as digital badges, nano degrees, micro-masters, and micro-qualifications, have gained popularity as shorter, work or career-related, and self- and peer-learning oriented courses, often offered by both private and public HEPs as executive and professional development courses.

These credentials are accepted by employers and professional bodies, and recognized by HEPs. In 2016, the Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA) launched guidelines to facilitate the recognition of all forms of learning, including APEL for Credit Award (APEL.C) and guidelines on credit transfer for massive open online courses (MOOCs).


What are Micro-Credential Courses?

Micro-credentials are forms of certification that recognize a smaller volume of learning than traditional awards. They can come in various forms, such as nano-degrees, micro-masters, credentials, certificates, badges, licenses, and endorsements.

Micro-credentials can be part of a digital credentialing ecosystem, where digital technologies enable networks of people to share information about a learner's knowledge and abilities. They are typically completed in a shorter duration than traditional awards.


Micro-Credential Courses at Sunway University

Sunway University Micro-credentials (MCs) are short courses and training programmes taken from diploma, degree or Master’s qualifications offered by the University. This means all MCs award academic credit with a certificate and transcript. Micro-credentials are “stackable” so the credits can be used towards a bigger diploma, degree or Master’s qualification.

Many of these micro-credentials cover topics found in post-graduate degree programs and are suitable for working adults seeking to upgrade their skills in a timely manner. They can be completed through part-time courses or online education and offer flexibility in terms of duration, allowing them to be completed over a period of months or years.

Additionally, credits may also be transferrable across several different Master’s degrees and post-graduate programmes. An advantage of micro-credentials is that the entry requirements may be more flexible than those for Master's degrees, enabling students to use the credits towards a final Master's degree once they meet the necessary requirements. This means people studying to meet academic entry requirements for a Master’s programme can complete several MCs as short courses and later use the credit toward the final Master’s degree award.

*Candidates must still meet entry requirements for a Master’s or any other academic award before the MC credit can be used towards that award.


Why Choose Micro-Credential Courses at Sunway University?

Lifelong Learning

To thrive in the constantly evolving landscape of the 21st century, it is essential for individuals to regularly update and expand their skills and knowledge. At Sunway University, our role is to offer targeted, short-term courses in relevant technologies, skills, and other areas to prepare the workforce for the challenges of the changing economy. To adapt to the disruptive nature of the modern world, adults, workers, and graduates must be able to quickly learn and master new skills.

Alternative

While traditional university degrees are still valuable, they can be challenging for working adults to enrol in and complete due to their length and cost. Some have even predicted the demise of the university degree due to its lack of focus on industry-specific skills and just-in-case curricula. At Sunway University, our micro-credentials offer a more flexible, cost-effective, and industry-focused option for learners. These shorter, modular courses can allow students and workers to quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to enter the workforce and pursue further credentials if desired.

Access

Micro-credentials at Sunway University are delivered in a flexible manner, providing greater access and choice for individuals seeking higher education opportunities. Through online and digital delivery, the benefits of these courses can be easily accessed by people all over the world, making it possible for more people to access high-quality, industry-focused learning to enhance their careers.

Stackable

Through micro-credentials, individuals have the flexibility to acquire knowledge and skills based on their specific needs and at their own pace. The accumulation of micro-credentials and credits can potentially lead to an award or credit transfer through a credible and transparent process, subject to existing policies. This option provides another pathway for working adults to gain knowledge and skills that can ultimately result in a qualification.

Recognition of Non-Formal Learning

The Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) recognizes all forms of learning in the pursuit of qualifications illustrated in the MQF. Micro-credentials, which demonstrate the successful achievement of certain outcomes, can be considered for credits in programs offered by Sunway University through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process.


Micro-Credential Courses Offered

Synopsis This course explores components of the Earth's environmental systems and how they interact to form the Earth's climate. The topics covered include the sources of energy, weather and atmospheric forces, ocean chemistry and circulations, climate systems; past and present, and the influence of human activity on Earth's climate system. This course provides a basic foundation on the issue of the climate crisis that has become the primary driver for the vast majority of sustainability initiatives.  
Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, a competent learner will be able to:  

  • Assess the natural conditions of Earth's Climate System under pre-anthropogenic timelines. 
  • Evaluate the impact of increases in greenhouse gases on Earth’s climate system. 
  • Theorize the trajectory of global changes in climate and their future impacts on a location. 
Progression
  • Master in Sustainable Development Management
  • Master in Sustainable Development Management – ODL
Contact Us For more information, please email us at JSC_admissions@sunway.edu.my
Offering in January 2023

Synopsis This course aims to provide learners with the fundamentals of smart technology in the last decades and how it may be used to solve real-world problems in a sustainable way or to achieve sustainability. The course’s focus will be to impart an understanding of technology’s roles and allow learners to assess and recommend the best solutions for selected areas or problems. No prior technical knowledge is required to take this course. 
Learning Outcome The learner is exposed to how technologies can solve real-world problems and achieve SDGs. The knowledge acquired enables the learner to work with technologists and engineers in developing sustainable solutions using smart technology and IoT:  Distinguish the use of smart technology and its role in sustainable solutions  Determine suitable technologies that enable sustainable strategies   Propose best solutions based on existing smart technology to produce a sustainable solution for a real-world problem 
Progression
  • Master in Sustainable Development Management 
Contact Us For more information, please email us at JSC_admissions@sunway.edu.my
Offering in January 2023

Synopsis

MATH1024C Precalculus introduces learners to an in-depth study of functions and a review of the foundation of algebraic, geometric, and trigonometric fundamentals. It prepares learners for Calculus with an emphasis on functions. Trigonometry is essential not only in Calculus but also in modeling real-world scientific and technical problems, where one needs to study the relationship between variables. This course covers both the graphical and computational aspects of these relationships. 

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, a competent learner will be able to:  

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic properties for various functions.
  • Sketch the graphs of various functions.  
  • Apply properties of functions to solve equations. 
Progression
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science  
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons)  
Contact Us For more information, please email us at adtp@sunway.edu.my
Offering in January 2023

Synopsis This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of networking terms and the skills to be able to plan and set up the network infrastructure for homes and small businesses. The topics include basic concepts and technologies of transmission and communication, networking hardware, standards, networking topologies, protocols, and network design processes.
Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, a competent learner will be able to:  

  • Describe the basic concepts and technologies of data communication and network security.  
  • Compare and contrast common network protocols and commonly used network hardware.  
  • Set up a local area network according to given requirements.  
Progression
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science 
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Information Technology  
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Information Technology (Computer Networking and Security) 
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) 
  • Bachelor of Information Systems (Honours) (Data Analytics) 
Contact Us For more information, please email us at set@sunway.edu.my
Offering in January 2023

Synopsis

This course focuses on the contemporary issues of land-based economic development and food security with priorities given to developing countries and deforestation frontiers. It aims to provide an analytical framework to explore and assess the various strategies in transforming the agriculture systems in ecological, social, and economic aspects in meeting different sustainable development goals. 

Learning Outcome

The course intends to cover a wide range of concepts and strategies proposed or adopted to address the various sustainability challenges in agriculture, including intensification and extensification, landscape approach, natural capital, certifications, bio-economy, circular economy, and self-sufficiency.

Students will:

  • Analyse ecological requirements of sustainable agriculture
  • Appraise current food systems
  • Determine sustainable agricultural practices and food systems using relevant system  
Progression

Master in Sustainable Development Management

Contact Us For more information, please email us at jsc_admissions@sunway.edu.my
Offering in March 2023

Synopsis

The overall course objective is for students to gain an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary basis of biodiversity, to compare the relative contributions of environment and history on biodiversity dynamics, and to highlight important links between biodiversity, environmental health and human wellbeing. Special consideration is given to rates and causes of extinction of species, hotspots of biodiversity, and modern threats to biodiversity.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module, a competent student will be able to: 

  • Examine the patterns and processes involved in the distribution of biodiversity.
  • Predict changes in biodiversity due to human activities at local and global level.
  • Demonstrate awareness of environmental and conservation issues in today’s society
Progression
  • Master in Sustainable Development Management
  • Master in Sustainable Development Management – ODL
Contact Us For more information, please email us at jsc_admissions@sunway.edu.my
Offering in July 2023

 

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