University of Technology Sydney

81524 Professional Practice at the Cutting Edge

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UTS: Creative Intelligence and Innovation: Transdisciplinary Innovation
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject’s goal is to support emerging professional practitioners in pursuing meaningful work that matters to them and to society at large, whilst at the same time developing practices to support the emergence of their potential futures in their work. In this subject, students develop emergent pathways for a balanced and intentional professional life by continually reflecting on the intersections and tensions between what they love, what the world needs, what they are good at, and the practical requirements of generating livelihood. Students engage within a professional ecosystem of their choice, transcending a worldview of separation in which every person competes for their own gain, and instead leaning to cultivate generative relationships. The subject seeks to support students in surrounding themselves with people, knowledge and resources, helping students to better understand their place in the world, and pursue purposeful endeavours.

To solve complex challenges, graduates need to engage with complex ecosystems. Emergent professional practitioners operating at the cutting edge need to understand how to genuinely collaborate and share value with others to create system change.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Envision and communicate the highest potential versions of themselves in relation to others and the world (CII 3.4)
2. Collectively map significant systemic issues, and ecosystems of actors, ideas and resource flows to address those issues (CII 3.5)
3. Synthesise insights to identify avenues for personal and collective contributions that have the potential to create better futures (CII 4.4)
4. Design and initiate exploratory interventions in professional contexts to communicate and test their vision for future professional life (CII 3.3)
5. Initiate adaptive pathways towards purposeful and meaningful work including collective practices that support them on this journey (CII 5.4)

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:

  • Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts (CII.3.3)
  • Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience (CII.3.4)
  • Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive (CII.3.5)
  • Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation (CII.4.4)
  • Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact (CII.5.4)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject provides opportunities for you as a student to consider your positioning in relation to your skills and expertise as a creative intelligence and innovation graduate to the world of work. You communicate this using a range of expressions developed from your individual and collective research and reflection to convincingly influence stakeholders in your chosen context. So your experience as a student in this subject support you to develop the following graduate attributes (GA):

  • GA3 - Inter- and trans-disciplinary practices
  • GA4 - Imaginative and ethical citizenship
  • GA5 - Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning strategies

Learning takes place in a collaborative, immersive, experiential, studio-based environment. Students apply various reflection methods to gain feedback from within their cohort as well as their wider social network on their strengths and talents. Based on their self-assessment, students develop their own learning path for the subject by selecting several elective interactive modules. They develop their artefacts and pitch by applying the creative, experimental and adaptive methods learned in previous subjects, including gaining feedback from tutors and industry experts. In addition to a set series of weekly interactive sessions, the subject has a flexible character and invites students to propose, design, and/or deliver content that they think is beneficial to their cohort.

Content (topics)

  • Individual practices
  • Collective practices
  • Ecosystem practices



Assessment task 1: Understanding and mapping your professional ecosystem


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

CII.3.3, CII.3.5, CII.4.4 and CII.5.4

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 50%

Assessment task 2: Relationship building and the journey of self in your professional ecosystem


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

CII.3.3, CII.3.4, CII.3.5 and CII.5.4

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 50%

Minimum requirements

Students must attempt each assessment task and achieve an overall pass mark in order to pass this subject.

Late penalties apply to all assessment tasks as outlined in the FTDi FYI student booklet. Please consult this booklet for other useful information including Special Consideration, Plagiarism, Extension, and Student Support Services.

A minimum of 80% of attendance of classes (as outlined in the timetable) is required