University of Technology Sydney

15328 Project Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: School of the Built Environment
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): ((15312 Project Communication, HR and Stakeholders AND 15319 Project Risk, Procurement and Quality Management AND 15316 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management AND 15310 Project Integration Management) OR 15315 Project Management Principles )
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


This subject bridges the fields of innovation management, entrepreneurship and project management. Students develop a broad understanding of the challenges associated with managing innovative projects and learn about a range of project approaches designed to respond to changing environments and facilitate innovative project outcomes. The subject also incorporates project management perspectives for the creation and start-up of new ventures. This intensive workshop-based subject is complemented with online learning materials.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Identify, apply and adapt project management approaches for innovation or new ventures
2. Analyse, reflect and improve project management practice
3. Apply a systems perspective and evaluate organisational capability for managing innovative projects
4. Demonstrate knowledge related to entrepreneurship and innovation to organisational and project contexts
5. Formulate and apply appropriate frameworks and approaches to gain support and funding for projects for innovation and new ventures
6. Effectively use oral and written communication at a professional level

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to effectively use oral communication in projects at a professional level (Oral Communication) (C.1)
  • Ability to effectively use written communication in projects at a professional level (Written Communication) (C.2)
  • Ability to source and apply tools and techniques to meet contextual demands (Technique Application) (I.1)
  • Ability to develop and adapt project management knowledge to meet contextual demands (Knowledge Adaptation) (I.2)
  • Ability to apply and extend advanced project management knowledge (Advanced Knowledge) (P.2)
  • Ability to manage project activities from an organisational perspective (Organisational Management) (P.3)
  • Ability to actively reflect on, and improve, project practice (Practice Improvement) (P.5)
  • Ability to think critically and synthesise complex data (Critical Engagement) (R.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building faculty graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and groupwork

A = attitudes and values

P = practical and professional

R = research and critique

I = innovation and creativity.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) are linked to these categories using codes (e.g. C-1, A-3, P-4, etc.).

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is offered face-to-face in an intensive block workshop and incorporates a range of teaching and learning strategies.

** For 2020 this subject is being conducted online. Where possible the approaches below will be incorporated in the remote version of the subject design. Students will actively particpate using the online format (video and audio via zoom).**

Strategy 1- Preparation for Learning: Online readings and materials are provided prior to the block workshop to familiarise students with the subject contents. A pre-workshop assessment guides students to extend their learning and supports their informed and active engagement in block workshop activities.

Strategy 2- Lectures: During the block workshop, lectures and presentations from industry guests introduce and consolidate important concepts related to innovation and entrepreneurship in project environments, and to innovative project practices. Lectures and presentations are a key learning resource and are designed to be interactive and to encourage questioning, discussion and sharing of experiences. Lecture materials and presentation slides are available via Canvas.

Strategy 3- Collaborative Learning Activities: During the block workshop, students work together and learn collaboratively in small groups through applying techniques and solving problems. Students demonstrate their learning through assessed group activities. Debriefing and sharing learnings between groups is an important part of the collaborative learning sessions.

Strategy 4- Online learning: Canvas is used to enable students to access material for self-directed learning and engage in online discussions. A range of discussion forums are available - these include moderated discussions with prompt coordinator feedback on specific topics and assessment items and open discussion forums where students can share their questions and ideas. Presentation slides and other resources are available for review on Canvas.

Strategy 5- Ongoing Feedback: Structured feedback is provided in several ways from individual and group feedback on assessments to on-the-spot feedback, summarising and debriefing for workshop activities and student presentations. Detailed information about the assessment criteria and the provision of timely feedback forms an important part of the learning process. It is the student’s responsibility to record any feedback given during each session. Formal assessment is provided via ReView.

Content (topics)

  • Innovation and project management
  • Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
  • Organisational capability for innovation
  • Agile project management
  • Project processes (Design thinking, Stage Gate, etc)
  • Business plans and business models
  • Innovation project decisions


Assessment task 1: QUIZ - Pre-workshop assignment


The pre-workshop assessment is designed to guide student preparation for the block workshop.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

I.1, I.2 and P.2

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%

Assessment of the pre-workshop quiz will be based on how well the answers demonstrate an understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship and their application in project environments.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Understanding of innovative approaches 33 1 I.2
Understanding of innovation and entreprenership 33 4 P.2
Understanding of funding structures as applied to innovation and entreprenership 34 5 I.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Workshop - Group and individual workshop assessments


Workshop assessment tasks are designed to provide student groups with the opportunity to apply project innovation and entrepreneurship methods and to consolidate their learning through documenting and presenting the outcomes.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 4, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.1, C.2, I.1, I.2, P.5 and R.1

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 30%

Workshop: Application of Agile PM

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrates knowledge and application of agile project management methodologies 20 1 I.1
Demonstrates ability to analyse, reflect and improve project practice 20 2 P.5
Communication is delivered at a professional level 10 6 C.2
Business planning document is well structured, professionally presented 5 4 I.2
Document demonstrates ability to apply appropriate framework(s) to structure relevant information 15 5 R.1
Document demonstrates ability to analyse data and develop recommendations 10 6 C.2
The pitch demonstrates effective oral communication (clearly delivered, within time, appropriate structure) 20 5 C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Report - Post-workshop assignment


The post-workshop gives students the opportunity to extend their learning by gaining deeper knowledge about subject concepts and applying the concepts to analyse project environments.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 4 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, P.3, P.5 and R.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Framework is effectively applied to support analysis 30 4 R.1
Demonstrates a systems perspective, identifies integration between parts 20 3 P.3
Analysis is used to identify possible adjustments to project management approaches to support innovative projects 30 2 P.5
The report is appropriately structured (including citations and referencing), and is professionally presented 20 6 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Postgraduate project management students are required to attend 80% of all classes for all enrolled subjects and to contribute to group assessment tasks. The learning strategies require attendance and participation to achieve subject aims. Where assessment tasks are to be presented personally in class, attendance is mandatory. Pursuant to UTS rule 3.8.2, students who do not satisfy attendance requirements may be refused permission by the Responsible Academic Officer to be considered for assessment for this subject.

Required texts

Required readings are available to be accessed directly through Canvas.

Recommended texts

A range of additional (recommended) readings and materials are available in Canvas. Other relevant resources are available through searching the library databases - this includes e-books and journal articles. These three journals are especially relevant for project management: International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal and the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. Entrepreneurship and innovation management topics (often with reference to project management) can be found in journals such as Creativity and Innovation Management, Technovation, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management.