Melbourne MicroCert

Adaptability for Artificial Intelligence

Gain essential skills in adaptability so you can navigate the rapidly changing world of work with confidence.

Study mode
5 weeks (21 hours) + 20 hours for assessment
Skills area
Future of Women at Work

Upcoming sessions

Monday 19 July 2021


The capacity to adapt to changing work environment, including advances in technology such as automation and AI, is more important than ever. This Melbourne MicroCert explores adaptability at an individual and organisational level, and analyses the gendered nature of future workplace disruptions.

Led by experts from the University of Melbourne’s Policy Lab, the course will provide you with a broad understanding of the main theories around adaptability as well as how to apply them in the workplace. This Melbourne MicroCert is part of our Future of Women at Work series, which examines the policy, digital skills and interpersonal approaches necessary to establish gender equity in our future workplaces.

Who is it for?

Adaptability for Artificial Intelligence is ideal for anyone wanting to strategically strengthen their soft skills and enhance their employability. It is suited to all career stages and industries.

Key topics

This Melbourne MicroCert explores a range of key topics, including:

  • Examining individual and career adaptability theories
  • Adaptation quotient
  • Agile learning mindset
  • Digital and societal disruption

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on individual adaptability with reference to relevant theories.
  • Apply the theories of adaptability to the future workplace.

Learning experience

Fully online delivery presents a convenient way to develop your skillset, from a location that suits you. You will engage with other industry professionals within our innovative online learning environment and utilise online tools such as podcasts, interactive webinars and digital workshops.

Who will you learn from?

This Melbourne MicroCert is led by co-director of the University of Melbourne’s Policy Lab, Associate Professor of Sociology Leah Ruppanner. Leah’s research focuses on the impact of gender equality and family policy on individuals’ lives through analysis of large cross-national data.

Also leading this Melbourne MicroCert is Lía Acosta Rueda, a project manager at the Policy Lab. Lía is an economist with expertise in public policy, gender, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining the Policy Lab, Lía provided technical assistance for the design of impact evaluations of social policies in Mexico.

You will also learn from Sophie Squires, a project manager at the Policy Lab. Sophie is an anthropologist with an interest in gender, politics and the media. She works across various social and gender equality projects. Currently, Sophie is working on evaluating equal opportunity policies of local government and researching barriers to women’s representation.


This MicroCert is delivered over five weeks, including three weeks for teaching, and two weeks to complete the final assessment. You will undertake an estimated six hours of guided online learning, 20 hours for assessment, and an additional 15 hours of independent study.

Assessment includes:

  • Critical understanding of theoretical frameworks (30%)
  • Role and analysis of adaptability in the Workplace (70%)

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Adaptability for Artificial Intelligence Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This series has been developed in close consultation with industry and will be co-delivered by experts from The Policy Lab’s networks. Leading thinkers will also feature in learning materials feature, such as podcasts, interviews and guest talks ,to ensure you receive the most up to date research and cutting-edge skills needed to excel in the workforce of the future.

Pathways to further study

Adaptability for Artificial Intelligence can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Future of Women at Work series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

Adaptability for Artificial Intelligence is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of Social Policy.

To use Adaptability for Artificial Intelligence in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Future of Women at Work series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit towards Master of Social Policy.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert does not have a set expiry date.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Upcoming sessions

Monday 19 July 2021

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