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This subject aims to give participants theoretical frameworks, practical insights, and preliminary skills to work in their chosen profession in contexts where determining what problem to work on is an important complement to knowing how to solve that problem.
Participants will develop these understandings, insights and skills by working in teams on a strategically-important innovation challenge sponsored by an industry organisation. This subject is similar to Creating Innovative Engineering (ENGR90034), but is designed for students seeking a multi-disciplinary learning experience.
Participants will learn theories of human-centred innovation and apply them in their project. They will learn how to work in teams and use those skills to deliver the project. They will learn to conceptualise their career as an innovation project, and how to apply the innovation skills and theories presented in the subject to their own careers.
The subject is challenging, experiential and requires significant self-direction.
All project sponsors will require students to maintain the confidentiality of their proprietary information. The University will require all students (except those working on projects sponsored by the University itself) to assign any Intellectual Property they create (other than Copyright in their Assessment Materials) to the sponsor of their project.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students will have an ability to:
- 1. Conceptualise their career as an innovation project, recognise the importance of a growth mindset for such a career, and act on such a mindset, including in the context of short-term obstacles and non-deterministic challenges
- 2. Listen, reflect and act on personal development, team operations, and team leadership challenges
- 3. Collaborate, create positive relationships and productively shape group dynamics in highly uncertain professional environments
- 4. Work empathically with colleagues and clients who see the world differently from them
- 5. Understand how value is created in a multi-disciplinary professional context, and the importance of value creation, rather than just technical problem-solving, to professional work.
- An advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in their chosen profession;
- An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature;
- Well-developed problem-solving abilities, characterised by flexibility of approach;
- A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
- An appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research;
- A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
- An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership;
- The capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work;
- An understanding of the significance and value of their knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry);
- A capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society
Last updated: 29 April 2020