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57216 Creativity and Innovation in Communication

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UTS: Communication: Public Communication
Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


Students are introduced to high-level creative and conceptual thinking, invention, and innovation using approaches such as design thinking, future scenario building, and working in a multidisciplinary collaborative environment. Students are encouraged to engage with complexity in problem solving and to undertake processes of discovery and exploration to generate solutions to everyday and 'wicked' problems. This subject expands students' capacities to be innovators, entrepreneurs, creative practitioners, and change agents in a communication role. This subject is taught in collaboration with the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation.

Minimum requirements

Submission of assessment tasks

In this subject assessment tasks are cumulative so that each task builds understanding and/or skills, informed by formative feedback. Consequently, all assessments must be submitted in order for students to receive feedback. Students who do not submit all assessments will not pass the subject.


Attendance at classes is essential in this subject because it is based on a collaborative approach which involves workshopping and interchange of ideas with other students and the tutor. An attendance roll will be taken at each class. Where possible, students should advise the tutor in a timely manner if they are unable to attend. Students must attend a minimum of 9 of 11 classes, or a minimum equivalent of 80% of their contact hours (see additional information for additional details). Students who fail to meet this attendance requirement will, in the case of an individual final assessment task, be refused the marking of their final assessment; or, in the case of a group/team final assessment task, be penalised 20% of their earned overall mark for the subject.